Tuesday, November 29, 2011
VIDEO: Man "intentionally" drove $2.2 million Bugatti Veyron into lake. Do you wonder why car insurance is so high?
This video has been around for awhile and I've seen it a number of times and I, of course, wondered about it. It's quite clear the man drives directly into the lake without hesitation; without any apparent reason.Today I came across this bit of info that, when all is put together is quite interesting and at the very least, in the hands of a capable lawyer spells insurance fraud.
A Texas court may soon decide if the man who drove his Bugatti Veyron into a lake was committing fraud after his insurance company claimed he crashed the car on purpose to collect $2.2 million in insurance money. Wait, it wasn't a low-flying pelican? You don't say.
Andy House was driving along a highway in Galveston, Texas on November 12, 2009 when, for some reason, he drove his car into some water, destroying the million-dollar exotic car. At the time the man claimed to reporters, and to us, that this was because of the reflection of a low-flying pelican he saw after dropping his cellphone.
"I had dropped my phone, people dont know what happened," House told us adding "What it appeared to been was a reflection."
Unbeknownst to House, the accident was filmed by passerby Joe Garza. The video didn't seem to show a low-flying pelican.
"it's unusual that you have video of a car crash" said Attorney David Miller, who is representing the insurance company. "It's wonderful that a jury will be able to actually look at the sequence of events"
The car was later towed away and eventually resold, which was the last we'd heard about it until now.
Since the accident House occasionally reached out to us regarding various exotic-related business, including his apparent purchase of a replacement Veyron and a critique of a Bugatti fender-bender in Chicago (he called the guys who did it a "BUNCH OF DOUCHE BAGS!").
While this all was going on the company that insured the Veyron, Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company, was investigating whether it should pay the claim on the car, which they admitted in a court filing they'd insured for a ridiculous $2.2 million.
Why is it ridiculous? According to their own research, a man named Lloyd Gillespie loaned House $1,050,000 interest-free for the car. That's roughly half the value.
Oh, but the fun doesn't end there. Philadelphia also makes a case that the car was destroyed on purpose to collect the insurance money. They say there was no evidence of a low-flying pelican, that House let the car run for 15 minutes while submerged (his excuse was he was "being bitten by mosquitos" ), and that there was no sign he attempted to brake or skid to avoid anything.
Most dramatically, they claim a "confidential informant" came forward to report House had tried to get someone to destroy the vehicle.
The confidential informant stated that Mr. House offered to pay him money to steal the car and burn it making the disappearance of the vehicle appear to be a theft so that Mr. House could obtain the insurance money. However, apparently Mr. House instead drove the car into the lagoon without the confidential informant's assistance.
Once the confidential informant confronted Mr. House, Mr. House offered to pay the confidential informant a portion of the insurance proceeds once recovered to remain silent during the investigation. The confidential informant indicated that he believed Mr. House and Mr. Gillespie acted in coordination in this matter. It is Philadelphia's position based on its investigation that Mr. House and Mr. Gillespie acted together to defraud Philadelphia of $2,200,000.
Additionally, Philadelphia insured the vehicle as a collector's item used for display and makes a case that the vehicle was actually used for personal errands such as going to biker rallies, impressing friends, and otherwise commuting around Texas and thus they shouldn't have to pay on those grounds.
As proof they have the vehicle's mileage (2,100 since insuring it) and the fact that it was rolling around with dealer plates.
The insurance company's lawyers are seeking to have the claim rejected and seek any relief they may be justified to.
Both the insurance company and the defendants filed a motion for a summary judgment in federal court and both were denied, according to Miller, because there was an issue of "fact." The case will now likely go to a jury to decide, probably some time in the next year, in order to determine the facts of the case.
A guy goes into the confessional box. He finds on one wall a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest Cuban cigars. Then the priest comes in.
"Father, forgive me, for it's been a long time since I've been to confession, but I must first say that the confessional box is much more inviting these days."
The priest replies, "Get out! You're on my side!"
Once upon a time in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle.
The frog hopped into the princess’ lap and said: “Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper, young prince that I am and then, my sweet, we can marry and set up housekeeping in your castle with my mother, where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so.”
That night, as the princess dined sumptuously on lightly sautéed frog legs seasoned in a white wine and onion cream sauce, she chuckled and thought to herself: I don’t f***in’ think so.
Several intrepid salmon were pictured frantically battling the water in an attempt to swim across Skokomish Valley Road near Shelton in the southern Puget Sound area of Washington.
The salmon's struggle upstream is a vital part of their lifecycle.
Several salmon struggled to swim across the road due to water levels rising following heavy rain
They lay their eggs in a stream bed and once hatched, grow in the freshwater for several years before travelling downstream to the sea.
They travel great distances to feed in the oceans and, when fully mature, after between one and four years, must return to their birthplace to spawn.
This means they must swim up rivers, against rapids and leap waterfalls.
Once they arrive, they lay their eggs and usually die within a week of spawning. A small proportion are strong enough to survive and start the cycle again.
A Pakistani woman is being held on suspicion of killing her husband, cutting him up and trying to cook the pieces, Karachi police said Friday.
Zainab Bibi, 32, was arrested in connection with the murder Tuesday of her husband Ahmad Abbas, police said.
Her 22-year-old nephew, Zaheer Ahmed, is accused of helping Bibi stab Abbas to death and carve his body into small pieces.
Police said she wanted to cook her husband's body parts so she could dispose of them without being caught.
Neighbors raised the alert when they detected a foul odor in the neighborhood, police said.
Pakistan's domestic satellite channel ARY News spoke to Bibi in the police station where she is being held in the southern city of Karachi.
In an interview broadcast late Thursday, she claimed to have killed her husband because he wanted a physical relationship with their daughter -- and said she did not regret her actions.
"I killed my husband before he dared to touch my daughter," she told ARY News.
A lioness in Kenya has adopted a baby antelope- and later other cubs from a different animal species. This short touching documentary will open your eyes and rethink about how humane animals can be. A must watch.
Being president of Turkmenistan, a country of some 5 million people with huge natural gas reserves, one would think there is not much time for anything but the affairs of state.
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has surprised his people by making an appearance on stage to perform his new song. Before a packed house, he is shown in a video running above the stage strumming a guitar to the accompaniment of...himself, shown also playing accordion.
It was no doubt hard for many to believe their president was also a songwriter, and indeed, there is reason not to believe it.
Although state television has identified Berdymukhammedov as the writer and performer of the song "My White Rose For You," it bears an uncanny resemblance to "On My Wedding Day," written and performed by Dovlet Amanlykov and posted on YouTube in 2009.You would find that the problem is not about relatively similarities of eastern songs... In this particular case the two songs are exactly identical word-for-word and the melody is the same. An that means - president bears full responsibility for Plagiarism!!!
Still, it was a look at a lighter side of Berdymukhammedov, whose attire seemed to have come from the American children's show "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood."
And the video of him "rocking out" in Ashgabat did have people on their feet. Who would dare to sit while Turkmenistan's head of state was crooning on stage?
By taking someone else's song and making it his own Berdymukhammedov is following in a tradition established by his predecessor, Saparmurat Niyazov. Close inspection by a contributor to RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, also a historian, several years ago revealed Niyazov's book "Rukhnama" contains more than 70 pages of material taken word-for-word from Clifford E. Bosworth's "The New Islamic Dynasties."
Bruce Pannier..Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.
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