Fast Lane

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

JAMES Dean died on Septem­ber 30, 1955, near Cho­lame, Cal­i­for­nia. Dean and his me­chanic were driv­ing a race-pre­pared Porsche 550 Spy­der to a sports car race at Sali­nas to get fa­mil­iar with the ve­hi­cle. He had ear­lier that day been is­sued with a speed­ing ticket for driv­ing 65mph (105km/h) in a 55mph zone. Two hours later, Dean swerved to avoid a car driven by 23-year-old stu­dent Don­ald Tur­nupseed who had turned in front of the Porsche. The cars col­lided and the me­chanic was thrown from the Porsche and in­jured. Dean was taken to Paso Robles War Memo­rial Hospi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival.

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