Two men aged in their 70’s have been killed while testing a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat at an airport in Colorado.
According to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday, the two men were speed-testing the 707 hp muscle car at the Central Colorado Regional Airport in Buenva Vista when they shot off the end of the runway.
Investigation of the incident revealed that the passengers were test
driving a 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat and had permission by airport
personnel to do so, said the sheriff’s department.
Police report that Lynd Fitzgerald, aged 71 and Roger Lichtenberger, aged 76, hurled past the runway and kept driving for 314 feet. Investigators then discovered the Hellcat soared through the air over a ravine before hitting the ground, flipping multiple times over a second ravine and ultimately landing on its wheels 650 feet beyond the end of the runway.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said “They were just test-driving this car. They went a little too fast. I don’t want to surmise. … They probably got to the end of the runway and, at that speed, didn’t realize they were there so fast. And they lost control. It was just too high a speed and they got to the end of the runway.”