This is the moment an out-of-control Bentley Flying Spur rolled down a parking lot ramp and smashed into a wall.
The driver had stepped out of the car to swipe her key card, but she neglected to engage Park, or the e-brake. She clung on as the Bentley rolled under the barrier and down the ramp, but couldn’t do anything to rescue the situation. She eventually falls down, leaving the car to smack into a wall at the bottom of the ramp.
The incident in the city of Chongqing, in southwest China, was caught on a dashcam in the car queued up behind.
A Flying Spur costs over $430,000 in China. The video shows the front is quite badly damaged - hood, fenders, bumper, grille, and headlights will all need replacing, never mind whatever damage there may be below the surface. Repairs certainly won’t be cheap.
The local police declared the driver was to blame for the incident. An official confirmed what happened, saying: “Before getting out the car to swipe into the car park, the driver left the car in neutral, and she also didn’t apply the handbrake. The car rolled forward and knocked into the wall.”
"Knocked" would be understating it a bit. "Thumped" might be nearer the mark.
Adding insult to injury, the owner of the parking lot has demanded that the driver pay for the damage done by the impact - a billboard appears to have been heavily damaged.
It's often little mistakes like this that cause the most damage. And embarrassment. Like the time I totalled a wheel on my new car, 90 seconds after driving out of the dealer. While trying very hard not to damage a wheel. Or the time I reversed into a tree. While trying very hard not to to reverse into a different tree.