They say pride comes before a fall, which is especially true when a moment of driving stupidity results in driving over the edge of a mountain road.
The video shows self-proclaimed ‘auto enthusiast’ TurboFoz (his YouTube name, he wasn’t christened that) who was out driving in his 2004 Subaru Forester XT, enjoying the winding roads of the Angeles Crest Highway in California, US.
Upon reaching a tunnel, the driver decided to bury the accelerator to enjoy the exhaust sound and in the process reached the top of fourth gear. At this someone is seen trying to wave him down but it was too late for TurboFoz to realise what is going on.
Describing the series of a year on from the crash, TurboFoz said: “They were telling me to slow down and watch the curve ahead, but it was too late.
“When I think about it now, I don’t ever remember seeing the road ahead until I was nearly out of the tunnel. In my mind I had assumed that it just went straight.”
As the video shows, the road, in fact, turns rather sharply to the right and a second or so later the soon-to-be-mangled Subaru is heading towards a cliff edge rather eagerly. Moments later a dash-mounted camera captures the fall.
“I slammed into a berm and expected to come to a complete stop, but the terrifying journey wasn’t over. I went over the edge. It happened so fast all I can remember is everything crashing and spinning… I was confident I was going to land upside down and get crushed.
“I was on the world’s worst roller coaster that could only end with death, or so I thought. I came to a stop, still yelling, not fully comprehending what just happened, or how far down the mountain I was and that I actually just crashed my car.”
Somehow he lived to tell the tale. “Luckily for me, I landed on a rock wall that was part of a drainage pipe that went through the mountain. It was the only horizontally level piece on an extremely steep sloped hill. Had I spun off a few feet before or after, I’d be dead,” he added.
The video was published on YouTube just over a year on from the crash, which happened on the 5th of January 2015. TurboFoz hopes it will deter drivers from making the same mistakes and that over-confidence and driving are a bad mix.
“This is a reminder to be safe, pay attention and KNOW THE ROAD before you try to enjoy it. I failed on all 3 of those accounts and it nearly cost me my life,” he said in the YouTube video description.
The video has since been viewed more than 1.5 million times. Keep scrolling down to watch it.