Valet loses control of sports car, crashes it into light pole in NC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A valet driver in North Carolina lost control of a sports car and crashed it into a light pole.

A valet driver in North Carolina lost control of a 1965 sports car and crashed it into a light pole. (WSOC)

A valet driver in North Carolina lost control of a 1965 sports car and crashed it into a light pole. (WSOC)

WCNC reported that it happened earlier this week after the valet tried to park the Shelby Cobra but lost control.

The driver told police he was pulling away from the valet stand when the car took off at a fast speed. He claims to have tried to get the car out of gear, but lost control. The damage to the Cobra was estimated at $5,000.

The owner of the car said he spent four years building it with his father. A recent eBay posting has a similar Shelby Cobra replica listed for $50,000, according to WSOC.

Jeff Jennings, president of Express Parking, released a statement to WCNC saying the crash may not have been entirely the valet’s fault.

“We stand behind our employee in this case, as our employees are not able to tell if a vehicle is going to have a mechanical failure before getting behind the wheel,” he said.

It remains uncertain who is liable for damages. Both parties have reportedly contacted their insurance companies.

The valet was reportedly injured, but is expected to be okay. The parking company commended him for steering away from pedestrians.

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