Maserati salesman killed in crash after filming himself speeding in a Ghibli
An employee at Mike Ward Maserati in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, died in a car crash last weekend after he uploaded a Facebook Live video accelerating from 0 to 111 mph (180 kph) in one of the store's cars.
Lauren Lekander, the lead public information officer at the Douglass County Sheriff’s Office, said the crash occurred on the night of Friday, Jan. 13. Douglas County and Highlands Ranch are just outside Denver.
Brandon Gianopoulos, 24, a salesman at Mike Ward Maserati, died in the crash. In a statement, the sheriff’s office said he had access to the vehicles as part of his duties, adding the vehicle wasn’t stolen.
It is unclear if “access” meant Gianopoulos could use the car as his personal vehicle or if he was transporting or test-driving it. Lekander said the sheriff’s office couldn’t elaborate further.
On the night of the crash, Gianopoulos’ Facebook Live video shows he accelerated to 111 mph in about 20 seconds in the 2017 Maserati Ghibli.
Lekander told Automotive News the video is why investigators are pointing to excessive speed as a possible cause for the crash. She said Gianopoulos' use of a phone while driving could also be a contributing factor. The investigation remains open.
“Brandon was a wonderful young man who will be deeply missed by his family and by his co-workers at Mike Ward Automotive,” Dealer Principal Mike Ward said in a statement. “It is impossible for us to understand why these things happen and we are all extremely saddened by this tragedy. Our condolences go out to his family and all that knew and loved Brandon. Our Prayers are with you all.”
Mike Ward declined further comment.