Ryan Dunn (34) who was reportedly driving the car and Zachary Hartwell (30), his passenger, both died as result of a combination of the blunt force trauma and the fire that consumed Dunn’s Porsche during the crash Monday morning, the Chester County Coroner has revealed.
Both Dunn and Hartwell were dead at the crash scene by the time officials arrived. The coroner therefore declared it impossible to rule whether the impact of the crash or the subsequent fire was what killed each of the men.
Toxicology results for both men, to help determine the role alcohol played in the crash, will not be released for another 4 to 6 weeks.
Dunn’s car veered off the highway and crashed in a wooded area in the early hours of Monday morning before bursting in flames.
Crash investigators believe that speed may have been a factor in the crash. They estimate that at the time of the crash, Ryan Dunn’s Porsche 911 was traveling at around 130 mph.
West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll said,
“I’ve never seen a car destroyed in an automobile accident the way this car was even before it caught on fire” Carroll said. “The automobile actually came apart. It was unbelievable and I’ve been on a lot of fatal accident scenes. This is by far the worse I’ve ever seen.”
The G4 Network has announced it will stop airing all episodes of Ryan Dunn’s new TV show, “Proving Ground” in the wake of his death, effective immediately. 8 shows had already been shot, in which the former “Jackass” star recreated famous stunts from TV shows, movies and video games. The show apparently got off to a slow start, with only 31,000 viewers tuning in to the Tuesday premiere.
A rep for G4 explained, “The show will not be airing for now and discussions are underway re future plans.”