Journalist Killed in Ariel Atom Test Drive Crash
35-year-old Michael Cornette, a journalist, was killed in an impact that took place during an Ariel Atom 3 test drive, as Autoblog.nl writes. The vehicle was being driven by 30-year-old Matthieu Desmet, its owner, as part of a review Belgian newspaper Krant van West-Vlaanderen. Desmet is now in an induced coma after suffering extreme kidney trauma.
It all happened when the driver lost control of the car, spun off and crashed into a grain silo on the side of the road. According to Nieuwsblad, the impact was so violent that, even though we are talking about a lightweight vehicle, the silos were pushed to the side by as much as 10 inches (25 cm). It seems that the driver was speeding, with wet road being another cause of the accident.
Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Michael Cornette.