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By / 06.22.11

Ryan Dunn’s preliminary autopsy report listing his cause of death came in early yesterday, but if you ask me, “smashed all to f*ck” didn’t seem very scientific.  Today police released hard numbers, which estimate Dunn was traveling between 130 and 140 mph at the time of the accident, with a Blood Alcohol Content of .196.  Which, if my math serves, would make the degree of difficulty 27.44.

Police in West Goshen, Pa., have finished their reconstruction of the fatal June 20 accident and determined the Jackass star’s Porsche 911 GT3 may have been traveling between 130 and 140 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone when it barreled through a guard rail into a ravine and slammed into a tree before bursting into flames.
Additionally, investigators confirmed the Chester County Coroner’s toxicology results that show his blood-alcohol content was 0.196, two-and-a-half times over the state’s legal limit of 0.08.
Sadly, Dunn’s speed demon history makes the tragedy all the more predictable.
Per Pennsylvania court records, the reality star had at least 23 driving infractions over the last 13 years from six different counties, among them citations for speeding and careless driving, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without a license, two parking-related transgressions and a criminal mischief-damage to property citation.
Most of the infractions ended in guilty pleas.
Dunn had two arrests under his belt, one in 2001 for a traffic infraction and another in 2005 after he was busted for DUI.

The latter charges were dismissed however once he completed probation and had his license suspended for a year.

Christ.  Perhaps a car that does 190 wasn’t the best vehicle for him.  I’m thinking a battery-powered bumper car and a thick helmet. For comparison, I’ve gotten three traffic tickets since I was 16, and I ignore speed limits like phone calls from my mom.

The impact of Monday’s deadly crash was so violent an autopsy conducted by the Chester County Coroner’s Office could not rule definitively if the 34-year-old daredevil and his 30-year-old pal, Zachary Hartwell, died as a result of blunt-force trauma or the subsequent fire that engulfed the vehicle.
As for Dunn’s companion, Hartwell was an Iraq War veteran who tied the knot with his high school sweetheart a little less than a year ago. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, aside from working with Ryan as a production assistant on Jackass Number Two, he also served as a stunt driver in Margera’s 2009 flick, Minghags. [EOnline]

Yep, so that’s pretty terrible.  This is by far the saddest news I’ve ever had to report that ended with the word “Minghags.”


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