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Basil Max Price III Killed in Ferrari Crash on PCH: Car Split in Half

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Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 7:08 AM

click to enlarge A Ferrari 360.
  • A Ferrari 360.
The second Ferrari to split in half in a crash on Pacific Coast Highway in the last five years took the life of a man ID'd by cops as 23-year-old Basil Max Price III of Glendora.

He was the passenger in the 1999 car that was apparently speeding and went out of control on PCH north of Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades early yesterday, according to an LAPD statement.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the car hit a power pole and split in two. The driver ...

... 24-year-old Vladimir Skvortsov of Upland, was taken to UCLA Medical Center in critical condition, police told City News Service.

The LAFD reported that the accident, in the 17300 of Pacific Coast Highway, happened at 1:27 a.m. Sunday.

Both men inside the exotic Italian car were said to have been ejected and thrown 30 feet to the beach below, where firefighters found one of them dead.

The LAPD reported the car was a 1999 "350M," but we're going to guess it was a 360 Modena, as the Maranello carmaker didn't appear to make a 350 model that year.

Cops said it wasn't clear if the driver had been drinking.

Ferraris and PCH have a turbulent history. In 2006 a video game magnate named Bo Stefan M. Eriksson allegedly crashed a Ferrari Enzo on PCH in Malibu (he had said he wasn't driving), also splitting the car in half. He lived.

In 2009 a Modena driven by TapOut clothing founder Charles "Mask" Lewis collided with a Porsche and crashed in Newport Beach not far from Pacific Coast Highway. The car also split in two, and the legendary mixed martial arts figure was killed instantly.

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