Wreckage of BMW M3 driven by Usain Bolt - Image courtesy Go-JamaicaEnlarge Photo
In 2009, Usain Bolt and two passengers walked away from a rollover crash of his BMW M3, presented in recognition of Bolt’s accomplishments in Beijing. Despite extensive damage to the BMW, Bolt escaped with just minor injuries to his feet, a testament to the safety of modern automobiles.
Now comes word from Jamaica that Bolt has crashed a second BMW M3, this time with considerably less drama and slightly less body damage.
As Go-Jamaica (via Autoblog.nl) reports, Sunday’s accident left Bolt’s M3 with significant front end damage, but Bolt himself escaped without injury. The crash occurred at 5:15 Sunday morning, as Bolt was returning from a party with fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell (who was in a second vehicle).
Bolt has a penchant for fast cars, and also owns a 2009 Nissan GT-R (among other cars). His “world’s fastest man” title made him a natural spokesman for the Nissan GT-R, and Nissan recently unveiled an airport ad campaign starring both, just in time for the London Olympic Games.
Pirelli’s words of wisdom apply here as well: power is nothing without control, so perhaps Bolt should stick to more docile transportation (or fewer all-night parties) between now and the Olympics. We're not superstitious, but we'd probably pass on buying a third BMW M3, too, just to avoid finding out if the third time really is the charm.