A woman driving around the French Riviera managed to crash her $400,000 Bentley into a Mercedes Benz, a Ferrari, an Aston Martin and a Porsche. This is why we can’t have nice things.
The Bentley’s driver started by sideswiping the Mercedes S Class and then upped the ante by heading into the Ferrari F430. The Aston Martin Rapide and the Porsche 911 then joined the pileup—the hunks of metal reaching an estimated grand total of more than $1.1 million. And all within the .78 square miles that constitutes the principality of Monaco.
How did the world get so many details about about the smash-up? The unlucky driver had her kerfuffle right outside the 150-year-old Place du Casino gambling house in Monte Carlo, which was swarming with camera-ready summer tourists.
Some news outlets have taken this opportunity to poke fun at the ritzy Riviera, while others have used this as a moment to insult female drivers everywhere. A sampling of the headlines:
The Daily Mail: “Hapless blonde crashes her Bentley into a Merc, Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin” (Because hair color was a driving factor? Tsk, tsk, Daily Mail.)
MSNBC: “Even the crashes are stylish: Million-dollar wreck in Monaco”
Yahoo: “Behold the most expensive dents in human history”
Sky News: “Monte Car-nage: Erratic Driver Hits Supercars”
Though one might argue that another headline gets at the reason this is really such a popular story: “World Revels In Richie Riches Wrecking Cars Majority of People Can’t Afford”