Illustration for article titled Driver Charged After Corvette Z06 Seen On Popular YouTube Channel Wrecked To Pieces

In late May, a yellow Chevrolet Corvette Z06 smashed into a tree in Michigan, leaving an expensive car in utter pieces. At first, it was a bit of a mystery who the driver was, though the car (as we matched up then, via its license plate) was the same car once featured on the YouTube series Vehicle Virgins. Now that Corvette driver is facing serious charges.


Jiefu Jefferey Gong, the 21-year-old who was identified as the driver, was charged with one felony count of reckless driving causing serious impairment of bodily function in connection with the incident, which left both Gong and a 17-year-old passenger with broken bones, reports MLive.


According to police, Gong took a turn too quickly on Huron River Drive in Scio Township, where the speed limit is 35 mph. Photos from the wreck show the consequences of his alleged mistake: a Z06 that is completely destroyed and almost unrecognizable. (Firefighters had to extract Gong and his passenger from the vehicle at the scene.)

The car was featured on Vehicle Virgins, which is run by Parker Nirenstein, but Nirenstein was neither the owner of the car nor the driver.

When the car was featured in Vehicle Virgins, the vid was titled, “YOU SHOULDN’T BUY A Z06.” You also shouldn’t (allegedly!) drive them recklessly.

News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.

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