Flyers’ Voracek ‘lucky’ to escape crash uninjured

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek was in a car accident but left uninjured.
May 22, 2013, 12:16 PM

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek was involved in an automobile accident Wednesday morning in his native Czech Republic, but left the scene uninjured.

“I spoke with Jake this morning,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said via statement. “He was involved in a car accident in the Czech Republic. Although his car did suffer damage, there were no injuries. Jake is fine.”

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 (photo: sport.cz)

Voracek’s accident was first reported by Czech news outlet sport.cz, which also published a series of photographs depicting the damage.

According to sport.cz’s report, the 23-year-old winger crashed his Ferrari into a truck in his hometown of Kladno.

A Google translation of the Czech-language report indicates that Voracek was speeding down the road when the Mercedes trash truck ahead of him slowed to make a left-hand turn.

“(Voracek) failed to comply with safe distance from the vehicle ahead,” Kladno police spokesperson Michaela Novakova told sport.cz.

To avoid a collision, the truck reportedly tried pulling back to the right, but Voracek’s Ferrari hit the truck’s left side. He then went off the road, hitting a tree and a telephone pole.

“He got lucky. It’s a learning experience,” Voracek’s agent, Petr Svboda, told CSNPhilly.com. “Not a scratch on him.”

The Ferrari, however, sustained an estimated $150,000 (USD) worth of damage.

Voracek admitted fault, the police told Sport.cz, and paid his fine for speeding.

Both drivers passed a breathalyzer test.

 

 

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