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“Jackass” star Ryan Dunn driving 130 miles per hour at time of crash


“Jackass” star Ryan Dunn driving 130 miles per hour at time of crash

Shannon Harris June 22, 2011

Less than a week after "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn was killed in a late-night car accident, details are beginning to emerge about what caused the fiery wreck. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Dunn was traveling at least 130 miles per hour along Pennsylvania back roads when his Porsche veered off the road and slammed into a tree, killing him and his passenger.

Perhaps most troubling is that Dunn had a lengthy history of driving violations, including 23 citations in the last 13 years. Most were for speeding, but there were also stops for careless driving and a 2005 arrest for DUI.

"He drove too fast," April Margera, mother of Dunn's Jackass costar Bam Margera, told NBC affiliate WCAU. "I yelled at him all the time about that."

Police say that the force of the impact was so great that it destroyed much of the car, leaving few distinguishable parts in the aftermath. In addition to the revelations about his driving history, reports also confirmed that Dunn and his passenger 30-year-old Zachary Hartwell were killed by "blunt and thermal trauma."

There has been some speculation as whether Dunn was drunk at the time of the crash, mostly caused by the fact he uploaded a picture of him and his friends drinking just hours before it occurred. However, toxicology results will likely take weeks to determine if that was the case.

Film critic Roger Ebert invited some controversy when he tweeted "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." Some called the tweet insensitive and it caused a flood of angry responses including ones from Perez Hilton and Margera, and Ebert has since taken to his blog to offer up somewhat of an apology.