Television Star Ends Jackass Career With A Case of Reality and Entertainment Merging

It turns out that those Jackass guys are not just acting. “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn had an alcohol level (0.196%) twice the legal limit when he took his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 up to 140 mph before crashing and killing himself and his passenger.

Both Dunn and Zachary Hartwell, 30, died from “blunt and thermal trauma.” Hartwell had also been in one of the Jackass movies and was a stunt car driver.

Dunn posted a picture a couple hours before the crash with a drink in his hand at a Barnaby’s in West Chester. The bar is about a mile away from the accident. The manager seemed intent on denying any over-serving of the star, insisting “He didn’t seem to be intoxicated at the time he left. Ryan was not a hardcore drinker, at least not when he was here.” The bar could be sued by the families of the two men, though successful dram shop cases by the actual drunk are rare. Some states restrict such actions to third parties. However, even without a dram shop claim, there can be a straight negligence claim. The problem is one of assumption of the risk and contributory fault. The passenger is in the best position for such a lawsuit against both the driver and the bar. However, these can be difficult cases to make out if both men were drinking.

Every year, many kids are injured doing Jackass stunts, such as jumping from a moving car. The stunt of driving at 140 mph while drunk could have left others dead.

Source: CNN

10 thoughts on “Television Star Ends Jackass Career With A Case of Reality and Entertainment Merging”

  1. miley cyrus Girl, creating jerky have absolutely no doubt been close to since someone , the burkha this meat tasted best any time has been cooked or perhaps smoked through the fire place. This specific happened any time the lightning bolt struck the best tree. Besides tasting much better, has been healthier.

  2. Roco – No, James Dean was sober & while the CHP tried to say he was speeding at the time of the crash later investigations showed he was not. Because of the angle of the sun he most likely was unable to see the oncoming car. A left turn did him in.

  3. my daughter’s really broke up about this. apparently about half the people who saw the face and didn’t read the story thought zack galafowhatshisname had died.

  4. Roger Ebert probably did “tweet” a bit too soon, but his instincts about the situation and his comment are certainly proving to be spot on.

  5. So sad, so painful, so tragic….. another 911 gone before its time.

  6. I am sorry for the friends and family of Dunn in their time of loss, but for the man himself?

    Drunk and 140 behind the wheel doesn’t deserve any sympathy.

  7. I’m glad he killed himself, far too often the drunk bastards are the ones that walk away from the carnage. Sorry he took someone else out with him. If you are planning on driving after drinking please just put a gun to your head & pull the trigger. You will save innocent lives.

    Yeah, I’m bitter.

  8. I read about this and saw pictures of the car… one gets out alive in that mess….apparently it hit so hard it broke most of the welds…and came to pieces…

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