Police release report on wreck of brand new $60,000, 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat



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The accident report, as well as the identity of the driver that wrecked the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – just one hour after driving away from the dealership – has been released by the Colorado State Patrol.

The accident occurred near Brighton, Colorado, located northeast of Denver in Adams County.

The $60,000-plus Challenger SRT Hellcat (along with its cousin, the Charger SRT Hellcat), is the most powerful stock muscle car built in America, rated at 707 horsepower and with a top speed of 204 mph.

The car is so powerful that it requires two keys to activate what’s under the hood: the first key is for the first 500 horsepower. The second key is for the full 707 horses.

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This particular Hellcat, a bright lime green version, was the first to be sold in Colorado after hitting dealer showrooms across the state about a month ago.

So, to quote from the official report of the Colorado State Patrol – and as the late Paul Harvey used to say – here’s “the rest of the story:”

Colorado State Patrol statement: “The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat driver, 34-year-old Lance Utley of Winter Park, CO, was traveling northbound on Riverdale Rd.

“The driver lost control to the right, then overcorrected and lost control to the left, and struck a tree head on. There were two additional occupants in the vehicle.

“The driver was charged with careless driving. Drugs or alcohol were not involved. There was no mention of excessive speeding. All three occupants were unhurt.”

To date, Utley has not commented to the media about the mishap that occurred on the evening of Dec. 19. Really, Lance, we do feel bad for you.

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Final Rolex 24 results by class

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For the third time in four years, Wayne Taylor Racing is victorious in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Kamui Kobayashi drove the team’s No. 10 Cadillac for the race’s final three hours, and won by more than a minute over the No. 77 Mazda of Oliver Jarvis. Loic Duvall finished third in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac.

Joining Kobayashi in victory lane were co-drivers, Regner van der Zande, Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe.

Here’s a look at some of the winners in the other classes:


The No. 81 Dragonspeed ORECA crossed the finish line first in the five-car LMP2 class, with Ben Hanley winning by two laps over the second-place Mathiasen Motorsports entry driven by Gabriel Abury. Nic Minassian finished third in the No. 18 Era Motorsport entry.

Dragonspeed’s winning team also included co-drivers Colin Braun, Harrison Newey and Henrik Hedman.


For the second consecutive year, BMW RLL took the GLTM class honors, as Jesse Krohn took the checkered flag in the team’s No. 24 BMW M8 GTE. Krohn was joined by co-drivers John Edwards, Augusto Farfus and Chaz Mostert.

Porsche Teammates Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy finished second and third, respectfully.


The Andrea Caldarelli took the class honors in the No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Paul Miller Racing, finishing ahead of Marco Mapelli and Mirko Bortolotti.

Caldarelli’s co-drivers included Bryan Sellers, Corey Lewis and Madison Snow.

Click here for full race results by class

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