Voracek 'all good' after Ferrari crash in Czech Republic

Voracek 'all good' after Ferrari crash in Czech Republic
May 22, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Jakub Voracek escaped potentially fatal injuries on Wednesday after crashing his blue Ferrari California in the Czech Republic.
 
“All good,” Voracek told CSNPhilly.com in a text. “No injuries, no alcohol.”
 
Photos on the Czech website sport.cz show the Ferrari’s front end is badly damaged on both sides of the vehicle.
 
“I spoke with Jake this morning,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement.
 
“He was involved in a car accident in the Czech Republic. Although his car did suffer damage, there were no injuries. Jake is fine.”
 
Sport.cz reported the accident occurred when Voracek attempted to pass a heavy-duty Mercedes trash truck as it slowed down to make a left-hand turn.
 
Unable to stop in time, Voracek hit the truck's left side, then bounced off a tree and also hit a utility pole where it came to rest.

Given the Ferrari hit three things, Voracek was lucky to walk away alive.

"Yeah, no kidding," said his agent, Petr Svoboda. "He got lucky. It's a learning experience ... Not a scratch on him."
 
Czech authorities estimated his car sustained a little over 3.052 million crowns in damage, which is about $150,000 in U.S. dollars. The base price of that car is $201,000. If this were the U.S. the car would be deemed “totaled.”
 
Photos on sport.cz show a badly damaged two-door Ferrari, with all airbags deployed and a completely demolished driver-side that is missing its wheel.
 
The accident occurred outside the town of Kladno Braškov. Sport.cz quoted police as saying Voracek, who was alone in the car, passed a breathalyzer, as did the driver of the truck.
 
Voracek, however, was fined for speeding, the website reported.
 
Voracek was the Flyers' leading goal scorer this past season with 22 -- a career year for him -- and was second in points with 46, two less than club leader Claude Giroux.
 
Last August, the Flyers suffered a devastating offseason injury when defenseman Andrej Meszaros tore his Achilles tendon while working out in Slovakia.
 
Voracek’s incident recalls the worst accident in Flyers’ history -- goalie Pelle Lindbergh’s death in 1985.
 
Lindbergh was driving drunk when he crashed his Porsche 930 Turbo into the side of a building in South Jersey.

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