The California Highway Patrol is reportedly investigating the crash involving Kevin Hart’s modified Hellcat-powered Plymouth Barracuda, TMZ reports.
It is not uncommon for Californian authorities to examine such incidents thoroughly. Ordinarily, it takes the department between three to four weeks to completely disassemble a car and determine the cause of the crash. Forensic experts also comb over every fine detail of the car and later issue a report on the crash.
What makes this incident unique is that, due to its high-profile nature and the injuries Hart sustained, there is apparently a chance the California Highway Patrol could make a recommendation to the state legislature requiring customized and restored vehicles of this sort to feature five-point safety harnesses.
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A source within the police department reportedly told TMZ that, even if the investigation determines the crash was caused by a mechanical fault, the presence of safety harnesses could have “prevented or minimized” the serious back injuries Hart and the driver suffered.
In addition, it is believed that they want to find out whether the classic American muscle car, which the actor and comedian took delivery of just two months before the crash, was properly restored and modified.
Hart’s Plymouth Barracuda started out life in 1970, but earlier this year was and outfitted with a Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged V8 pumping out 707 HP. In addition to the new engine, the car featured unique carbon fiber body panels and also had a completely overhauled interior.