A Denver-area car salesperson died in a car crash earlier this month, after taking a Maserati for a joyride at more than 100 miles an hour and streaming it live on Facebook.
The 24-year-old was an employee at Mike Ward Maserati in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. On January 13, Brandon Gianopoulos posted live Facebook video at 7:25 pm showing him accelerating from 0-to-111-mph in a new 2017 Maserati Ghibli. Wreckage from the accident was discovered the next morning by a passerby.
In a statement, the sheriff’s office said Gianopoulos had “access” to the car “as part of his duties,” adding the vehicle wasn’t stolen. Generally, however, salespeople aren’t allowed to drive dealership cars except on company business or as directed by management.
“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.”
The Facebook video showed only the digital speedometer climbing and the video stops suddenly at 111-miles per hour. It is still online in hopes that it will keep someone else from engaging in dangerous behavior.