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Celebrities and Unfortunate Car Crashes

by Brian Klais

If you are the type of driver who care less about safety, it’s probably time to think again. There’s nothing wrong about having a good time at a cocktail bar Melbourne CBD because it is really great, but when you decide to take the wheel while drunk, that’s when you’re going to have a problem.

Celebrities live the life of rich and the famous. Many Hollywood celebrities, television personalities, famous athletes, and political figures have died as a result of tragic car crashes. Over the past several decades, many big names left this world too soon due to fatal traffic crashes, and these include General George Patton, Princess Diana, James Dean, Darren Millane, and Paul Walker.

General George Patton

General Patton is arguably one of the most iconic American figures during the World War II. He was known for brainstorming and   carrying out effective military plans to stop Nazi Germany from advancing. Because of his exceptional command of tanks, General Patton was considered by many as the father of tank warfare. Patton did not die in combat but was killed in a car crash in Germany in 1945. The Cadillac that famed general was riding crashed into a truck in Germany on December 9, 1945, resulting in his untimely death. He was 60-years-old.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana of Wales was best known for being the better-half of Prince Charles and being a champion of charitable works. Diana was well-received not only by her constituents but also by almost all of the people in the world because of her kind heart and passion to help others in need. Princess Diana’s life was unfortunately cut short due to a car accident in 1997. On August 31, 1997, she, her boyfriend, and two others were fatally injured in a car accident on in Paris, France. Authorities have concluded that the car Diana was riding tried to evade paparazzi following her vehicle when the accident happened.

James Dean

Considered as one of Hollywood’s most promising young actors of his time, James Dean was easily the most popular celebrity during the 1940s until the 1950s. Dean received various awards for his outstanding performances as a movie actor. The handsome actor had to leave the limelight too soon as he was involved in a fatal car crash in 1955.  The 24-year-old actor died after the car he was driving, Porsche 550 Spyder, collided with another vehicle, killing Dean and his companion.

Darren Millane


Known as one of the most prolific Australian football athletes during his time, Darren Millane played for Collingwood Football Club from 1984 to 1991. Easily considered as one of the greatest Australian rules football players to play for Collingwood, the team’s fans were left dumbfounded after his untimely passing. On October 7, 1991, Millane was involved in a fatal crash believed to be caused by alcohol intoxication. His funeral was attended by his families and fans.

Paul Walker


Paul Walker was one of the most active and prominent Hollywood action movie actors. He is best known for his roles in the ‘Fast and the Furious’ movie franchise. Walker died on November 30, 2013 after the car he was driving, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, crashed into a concrete light pole before catching fire. The actor and his companion, Roger Rodas, died on the accident scene. Walker was 40-years-old.

Famous people are not accident-proof – they can easily be involved in minor to fatal car accidents as well. Driving while under the influence is one of the leading causes of car crashes. However, this does not mean you can no longer drink at your favorite cocktail bar Melbourne CBD. If you have to drink, make sure that you have a designated driver who is sober. Safety is your number one priority.. Hence, it is important for any driver and car owner to practice responsible driving at any given day to ensure their safety and protection at all times.


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