163 mph Porsche test drive results in south Fort Myers crash
Sanibel resident Nanelle Wehmann dropped off her 2008 yellow Porsche Boxster at the Sanibel Shell Service Station to get some routine maintenance done.
She never got the car back.
The owner of the service station, Kenneth Kasten, 50, was allegedly driving the Porsche 163 mph down McGregor Boulevard near Punta Rassa Road at 6 a.m. Thursday when he lost control and flipped the car into the mangroves on the side of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
It was the only vehicle involved in the crash.
Kasten wasn’t seriously injured and fled the scene before emergency crews arrived, Corporal George Kantor said.
Authorities arrived on scene to find the car smashed, abandoned and upside down in the mangroves.
Initial reports were that the car was stolen, but Kantor said it quickly became clear Kasten had permission to test drive the car.
Wehmann said she has been bringing her vehicles to the Sanibel Shell Service Station for years and was surprised to learn about the crash.
“I’m just thankful he wasn’t hurt,” she said.
Kantor said that since Wehmann knew Kasten would test drive the car, Kasten wasn’t charged with stealing it.
Kasten has been charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash.
Kantor said Kasten was located a few hours after the crash hiding in a nearby parking lot and was given a notice to appear for the charges.
Kantor said Kasten admitted to speeding.
“I told him how fast we determined he was going, and he said that was about right,” Kantor said.
Kantor said Kasten said he was speeding because he was upset, but Kantor didn’t specify why Kasten was upset.
It is not believed alcohol was involved in the crash.
A call to the service station to reach Kasten was met with a “no comment” and a hang up.
Wehmann said she doesn’t hold any ill will towards Kasten or his business.
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The nightmare of every enthusiast who has had to take their car in for service. There is a video of the wrecked car on the site: http://www.news-press.com/article/20100 ... yers-crash
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