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      01-24-2011, 09:52 AM   #1
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OMG - hopefully not someone on this forum - fatal accident in Palm Beach, FL

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WELLINGTON — Investigators say alcohol and speed played a role in the single-car crash that left a 29-year-old man dead, thrown from his car this morning in Wellington.

Daniel Portela of West Palm Beach had left the Player's Club Bar and Restaurant in his BMW M3 series and headed northbound on South Shore Boulevard, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's report.

Portela, who was wearing his seat belt, could not "negotiate" a curve and lost control, said Sgt. John Churchill of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. The car turned clockwise, made it on to the median and continued sideways until it stuck a tree, which split the car in half, the report stated.

The front half of the car continued to slide on the median until it struck a second tree, which threw Portela from his car, according to the report. That part of the car then caught fire.

Portela died at the scene.
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      01-24-2011, 09:57 AM   #2
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It has painted reflectors too and 359M wheels obviously. It also has the ZCP CF bits on the front fascia and rear deck.

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      01-24-2011, 09:58 AM   #3
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wow that is scary.. the color and the license plate is similar to my m3.. kinda had to double check my car was still outside.. LOL but yea really hope the driver and any of the passengers got out of this okay.. but the crash does look bad.. any details on the crash? any other cars involved? how fast was he going? reason of the crash?
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      01-24-2011, 10:06 AM   #4
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wow that's horrible
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      01-24-2011, 10:12 AM   #5
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The driver died at the scene. R.I.P.
woops didnt see the link you had above the picture.. R.I.P.
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      01-24-2011, 10:15 AM   #6
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just a question but how fast must someone go for the car to get like that?.. car splitting in half and catching on fire is some scary stuff..
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That car is split in half!!!

Be careful out there! Can't blame this one on the ice...

Also, thank god no one else was involved...
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      01-24-2011, 10:17 AM   #8
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Sweet Jesus, that looks terrible. RIP
Plate is clearly visible in the pics for anyone that might know him :-(
Hard to tell but I think it's a convertible?
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Either the driver was doozing off (3:30am) while driving at high speed or he was racing. Hitting two trees and splitting the car in two is something quite difficult to do at the 45mph limit in that boulevard, IMO.
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      01-24-2011, 10:18 AM   #10
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that's the nastiest accident i have seen in a loooong time
ouch.
he must have been flying
to cut a car in half on a tree, means serious speed.
airbags deployd, but no use in an accident of that magnitude
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God that's insane! How can the car be cut in half..

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      01-24-2011, 10:20 AM   #12
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Sweet Jesus, that looks terrible. RIP
Plate is clearly visible in the pics for anyone that might know him :-(
Hard to tell but I think it's a convertible?
Coupe.

There's a bent B pillar somewhere in there.
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      01-24-2011, 10:20 AM   #13
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Sweet Jesus, that looks terrible. RIP
Plate is clearly visible in the pics for anyone that might know him :-(
Hard to tell but I think it's a convertible?
No ZCP on convertibles... also, you can see the CF roof sticking up in this shot.

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      01-24-2011, 10:21 AM   #14
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just a question but how fast must someone go for the car to get like that?.. car splitting in half and catching on fire is some scary stuff..
Dunno, but looks like sideways into a tree pretty fast. (Strike that thought about a cab)
The driver being thrown from the car would make me wonder if he was wearing a seatbelt but once the car splits in half I don't think it would have made any difference.
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      01-24-2011, 10:23 AM   #15
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umm just a question why are the rear rims different from the front rims? like the rears are ZCP and the fronts arent..
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or are my eyes playing tricks on me?.. lol...
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wow that is insane! i dont think i have seen a car split in half like that. very sad
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umm just a question why are the rear rims different from the front rims? like the rears are ZCP and the fronts arent..
look the same to me
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or are my eyes playing tricks on me?.. lol...
This.... they're the same.
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Wow he had to be going very fast to leave the car looking like that. I live like right near there. I think I have even seen this M.
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Laser Jammer heads on the front also, crap probably on one of the forums either here or radardetector.net. Man that's horrible
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It looks like it has black/CF wheel centercaps possibly.
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