Girl meets Porsche... Porsche meets wall
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Nikki Catsouras was your average drug-addicted, party-loving teenager. Her hard-partying lifestyle ended on October 31, 2006, when she did a bunch of coke and took her daddy's $100,000 Porsche 911 for a ride.
She was so young and had so much potential, but her parents just couldn't see it. They just didn't understand. Consequently, she fought with them constantly. One day, poor Nikki just couldn't take the stress any more. She decided she needed to play hooky and get a little release. That release was supposed to come from the rushing endorphins of grade-A Colombian cocaine and 120 miles an hour down a California freeway. Unfortunately, all she got was the sweet release of death.
As she tried to pass a Honda Civic at about 100 miles an hour, her drug-addled brain lost control of the Porsche. She clipped the Civic, damaging it, and flipped in the air. The Porsche collided with a toll booth.
This became a big deal when two California Highway Patrol investigators, Aaron Reich and Thomas O'Donnell, leaked the accident investigation photos to the internet. O'Donnell claimed that he only emailed the photos to himself for viewing at a later time, while Reich admitted releasing the photos to four people.
The pictures included graphic images of Nikki's destroyed, lifeless body, the blood and brains smeared on the wall, and the large pool of blood under the totaled Porsche. The Catsouras family - who hadn't been allowed to see Nikki's body because CHiP thought it was too gross - sued CHiP. All the while, the gore pix of their daughter were being spread far and wide on the internet.
Rise to fame
Catsouras was just an ordinary rich kid, until a California Highway Patrol officer published the gory crime scene photos to the internet.
The subsequent attempt to remove the photos from the internet resulted in another occurrence of the Streisand effect, substantially increasing interest in the photos.
Has been totally mutilated and damaged beyond repair from the horrific accident. Oh, you were talking about Nikki and not the Porsche? What was left of Nikki was scraped from the pavement and placed in Baggies for burial. Given the corrupt nature of the California Highway Patrol, parts of her may be for sale on eBay. The Catsouras family sued the CHP for $20,000,000 but settled with CHP for $2,370,000.
- Catsouras was born March 4, 1988.