Ryan Dunn, Jackass Star, Dies In Car Accident

Ryan Dunn, one of Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass crew, and his passenger died in a crash outside of Philadelphia early this morning.

I could be cynical and say, “What a surprise!” but I won’t.

As one of the sidekick members of Jackass brigade, Dunn was partially responsible for bringing the world one step closer actually being like the movie “Idiocracy”. C’mon, who do you think Mike Judge based the most popular television show, “Ow! My Balls!” in the movie on? Knoxville et al. Or at least that’s my guess. So it seems rather unsurprising that a member of the Jackass retinue would buy the farm by stuffing his Porsche GT3 into a bunch of trees while traveling at triple digit speeds.

Yes, the photo you see above was taken at the scene of the one-car accident that happened in West Goshen, Pa. around 3:30 AM Monday morning, is all that remained of the GT3 when police and fire crews pulled it out of a grove of trees earlier today. Before that, Dunn’s ride looked like this:

At first, the police said they didn’t know whether the 34-year-old Dunn, or the then unidentified person was driving the car. Nor did the authorities know whether alcohol was to blame. But, ironically or maybe just coincidentally, Dunn did tweet the following picture from his Tumblr account hours before his death:

Sure, it could have been a Coke or an iced tea.

The NBC affiliate in Philadelphia reported that “The Porsche shot through about 40 yards of trees before it hit the last one and exploded into flames, according to police.” Which pretty much means that if the impacts (either the final one or the many previous jolts after passing through 120 feet of trees) didn’t kill Dunn and passenger, then the explosion and resulting fire sure as hell did.

MTV, parent network of the Jackass TV series (and producer of the movie spin offs) said, “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.” MTV did this via Twitter, of course. Which is both highly meta and highly ironic, because nothing says, ” deeply saddened” like a 140 character limit.

Now, one could get all moralistic about “what this says about our culture” and “speed kills” and “the wages of sin” and all that, but I will leave that up to the seemingly endless supply of people whose job it is to be morally outraged at something, anything.

What can be said though, is that Dunn seriously overcooked it in a place where the price for doing so was going to be plenty high. Like Clint Eastwood said as Dirty Harry applies (as well as to all things automotive): “A man has got to know his limitations.”

Sure, sure, you could say that this sort of behavior – going stonking fast – should be reserved for the track, and the track only. Which is all well and good and true, but tell me, who of you out there with a Porsche or a Vette or some other such ride, always, always, always follow every rule of the road at all times? Hands? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Right.

The point of doing things like this is knowing when and where you can get away with it. What will happen if, say, I lose it right at this spot in the road doing, let’s say for the sake of argument, 10 MPH over the limit? Well try not to show that you’re the next best thing to Rick Mears if there’s a grove of trees on the outside of a corner. Or if it’s wet … or icy … or, well you get the idea.

Source: Jalopnik

About The Author

Tony Borroz grew up in a sportscar oriented family, but sadly, it was British cars. His knuckles still show the marks of slipped Whitworth sockets, strains to reach upper rear shock bushings on Triumphs, and slight burn marks from dealing with Lucas Electric "systems." He has written for a variety of car magazines and websites, Automoblog chief among them. Tony has worked on popular driving games as a content expert, in addition to working for aerospace companies, software giants, and as a movie stuntman. He currently lives in a secure, undisclosed location in the American southwestern desert.

12 Comments on "Ryan Dunn, Jackass Star, Dies In Car Accident"

  1. Btrig

    “Now, one could get all moralistic about ‘what this says about our culture’ and ‘speed kills’ and ‘the wages of sin’ and all that, but I will leave that up to the seemingly endless supply of people whose job it is to be morally outraged at something, anything.”

    Nah, you totally went there. I’m sorry but will be blunt : this is a thoughtless, pointless, clueless, shame-based, inappropriately judgmental writeup of a tragic incident. IOW, you come off as a totally insensitive ogre.

    I only hope it can be chalked up to the foolishness of youth.
    That wouldn’t excuse you, but would make it at least a bit understandable.

  2. Chupacabra

    Driving like he did on public roads is just selfish behavior. I think I'll lament the loss of a great car instead of the driver.

  3. Amy

    HELLO PEOPLE this is a human life that was lost!!! Who hasn't made bad decisions and lived to tell about them? Unfortunately it didn't work out that way this time. I am AMAZED at what little value human life has in our oh so sophisticated electronically advanced society. How about some good 'ole common decency and respect for loss of life regardless of who it is or if it was self inflicted or not?!

  4. Tela

    I agree this is a shame and is so very sad and no matter what he did work to make money he was a human and had a family and we all have speed in our life sum more then others and have pushed to above 100 but regardless it’s a a sad event and my heart goes out to his family omg I wonder if he had kids and if so do u think it’s a nice thing to be writing such horrible thing about him what is this world coming to people can’t show any kind of sympathy

  5. ted

    NO ONE FEEL SORRY FOR THIS GUY OR HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS..etc…. FEEL SORRY FOR THE PASSENGER WHO DIED!! His body was mangled worse than ryans because of the direct impact it took from the trees.
    This Complete Ass-hole was drunk/high/fucked up AND driving a street legal race car and almost killed probably another several people when he acted like a complete novice asshole, and decided to take his Porsche GT3 – a car worth more than $500k- for an estimated run over 110mph at 2am in a no-lit mile strip of woods. Skid marks indicated that he had less than one second to choose which direction to go – go straight or go right off the exit. He choose BOTH directions plowed DEAD-on in to the median/guardrail where the road tee's off to an off road and catapulted his poor car 100 feet down into a reviene into the woods, hitting dozens of trees as his car just disintegrated into a thousand peices.
    R.I.P. RYAN DUNN – YOU STUPID JACKASS!
    Hopefully your friends and followers LEARN from this example of HOW NOT to do things.

  6. ted

    NO ONE FEEL SORRY FOR THIS GUY OR HIS FAMILY, FRIENDS..etc…. FEEL SORRY FOR THE PASSENGER WHO DIED!! His body was mangled worse than ryans because of the direct impact it took from the trees.
    This Complete Ass-hole was drunk/high/fucked up AND driving a street legal race car and almost killed probably another several people when he acted like a complete novice asshole, and decided to take his Porsche GT3 – a car worth more than $500k- for an estimated run over 110mph at 2am in a no-lit mile strip of woods. Skid marks indicated that he had less than one second to choose which direction to go – go straight or go right off the exit. He choose BOTH directions plowed DEAD-on in to the median/guardrail where the road tee's off to an off road and catapulted his poor car 100 feet down into a reviene into the woods, hitting dozens of trees as his car just disintegrated into a thousand peices.
    R.I.P. RYAN DUNN – YOU STUPID JACKASS!
    Hopefully your friends and followers LEARN from this example of HOW NOT to do things.

  7. ted

    This tops Kelsy Grammars wreck of his special edition dodge viper supercar he destroyed AND walked away from in topanga canyon.
    HE DID NOT DESERVE TO OWN LET ALONE DRIVE THAT CAR because of what kind of jack-ass he really was. AGAIN, no one feel sorry for this FOOL. If anything, He just made the cost of the Porsche GT3 insurance premiums increase another several hundred dollars a year – a price that responsible people who own that car are NOT going to be happy about.
    It should be a federal Mandate that IQ tests are given to people who purchase these supercars.

  8. Mac

    He had a choice and he chose to drink and drive. Retards have the nerve to say "oh like you've never made a mistake!".. This is way beyond a "mistake", idiots. This could've been prevented and obviously he didn't care about his life, the life of the passenger and obviously he didn't care enough about his fans to try and stay alive.

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