- A driver was thrown out of his white Chevrolet Corvette after he smashed it into a utility pole and a tree on Saturday with just two seats left intact from the crash
- He was taken to hospital where he is in serious condition
- Florida Highway Patrol officers claimed he was racing with another man, driving a Ford Mustang, near State Road 200 and South West 80th Street in Ocala
A Florida driver has miraculously survived a horror crash after an alleged high-speed drag race went wrong.
The 38-year-old driver was thrown out of his white Chevrolet Corvette after he smashed into a utility pole and a tree at 8am on Saturday in Marion County, leaving just the car’s two seats intact from the wreckage.
He was taken to hospital where he is in serious condition. Florida Highway Patrol officers claim he was racing with another man, driving a Ford Mustang, near State Road 200 and South West 80th Street in Ocala.
One of the vehicles cut the other off and a third car, with two elderly people in it, struck the Corvette which sent it spiralling off the road. There were no other injuries in the crash.
Authorities are searching for the driver of the Mustang who is accused of being part of the race.
He allegedly parked his car and checked on the driver who was hurt before leaving the scene.
The driver of the Corvette, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown out of the car following the high-speed impact with the utility pole and tree.
Pictures released by the Marion County Fire Rescue show different parts of the vehicle, including the wheels, engine and roof widely scattered across the grass.
The only thing left intact was the car’s two red leather seats and the highway was temporarily closed due to the downed pole.
‘A third car came into play when one of the vehicles, the Mustang or the Corvette, cut the other one off,’ a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said.
‘The driver of that vehicle, of the Corvette, was not wearing a seatbelt, and by the grace of God, survived the crash.’
The man driving the Mustang allegedly parked his car at a nearby business and got out to check on the driver who was injured.
He is accused of leaving the scene and police have shared pictures of him wearing a pink shirt and gray shorts.
‘He has definitely pushed his troubles a lot further along than what they would have been,’ a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman.
‘[We] definitely got some good photos of his arm with some significant tattoos on him,” Riordan said. “We believe that the public probably knows who this guy is.’
The Mustang he was driving is said to be a new model from 2020 to 2023 and silver with tinted windows.
He has been described as a ‘heavy-set white male with arm tattoos’ who appeared to be bald underneath his cap.
Charges are pending for the injured driver of the Corvette.
Drag racing has become an issue in the area according to authorities who said ‘these types of incidents have increased over the last five or six years’.
The Florida Highway Patrol has issued 1,834 citations for street racing or stunt driving so far this year. This has more than doubled since 2018.
Those caught taking part could be charged with first-degree misdemeanors.
DailyMail.com has contacted the Florida Highway Patrol for comment.