By Chad Waite | November 30, 2011
Remember Andy House? You know, the guy who accidentally crashed his Bugatti Veyron into a marsh in Texas after dropping his cell phone and swerving to avoid a Pelican when trying to pick it up? For Andy, despite losing one of the rarest, most expensive, and iconic sports cars in history, everything turned out well after it looked like his insurance company was going to pay a massive $2 million in claims. Now, though, the insurance company is speaking up and claiming that the cell phone and Veyron-hating Pelican may have been about as real as Kim Kardashian’s wedding.
That’s right- we’re talking insurance fraud, baby!
So what’s behind this claim? Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company, who insured the Bugatti, is claiming that House tried to pay an individual to steal the Veyron and set it on fire in hopes of a hefty insurance claim. The man didn’t agree or things clearly didn’t go according to plan, because video footage from a kid who swears “that Lambo will be his someday” shows the $1.5 million dollar exotic slowly veering off a Texas frontage road nose-first into a lagoon. After the wreck House then left the engine idling for 15 minutes underwater until the engine died from flooding. High hopes of a 2 million dollar payout would be the only reason we could see for not doing something as simple as turning a key.
There’s a lot of moving parts to this story. Jalopnik and Autoblog offer some great additional insight to the situation. And while we’ll have to wait for a final verdict after the trial before we can cast the first “I hate greedy car haters” stone, we can always speculate the hell out of this situation. What do you think? Fraud or as real as the pelican in the video? Oh…..wait….