The history behind the “worst parking video ever” is nastier than it seems

When the video below started to appear in Facebook posts, it made people laugh. How could someone be so bad at parking? Check the video in case you have not seen it.

Besides thrashing the poor Porsche Cayenne, the driver has almost demolished the garage entrance. All we knew was that the guy at the wheel was a 16-year old driver. In some places of the USA, he could have a license, but in Vancouver, where the whole story developed, he would need a fully licensed driver with him, besides a big L in the car. In other words, we have an unlicensed driver destroying daddy’s (or mommy’s) car. But it is worse than what it appears to be.

The real disaster

According to the Vancouver Sun, the video has helped the police find who has hit a car on West 36th Avenue, between Granville and Oak Streets, on June 16. If you have paid careful attention to the video, you will have seen the right front wheel is already destroyed. According to VPD spokesperson Const. Brian Montague, it was precisely a white Porsche Cayenne SUV that had struck a parked vehicle, but they had no other evidence of who he might be. The Porsche fled the scene, what will have him charged not only of driving without a license, but also hit and run and driving without due care.

If may sound funny one day, but think it over: what if the hit and run had injured or killed someone? The video publication date is June 22. Haven’t mommy and daddy seen the thrashed car in these 6 days? Why haven’t they gone to the police in order to clear things up and teach their teen to make some accountability? What if the neighbour had not shot the video? Would the owner of the damaged parked car ever be refunded? The story may still develop, but, so far, the real disaster is having people who allow a teenager to drive a Porsche Cayenne without a license. And that apparently try to cover it up. What a shame…

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.

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