james dean car accident

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james dean car accident
highway 41 & highway 46
shandon, california 93461

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On September 30, 1955, James Dean and his mechanic, Rolf Wütherich, were driving in Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder when they were involved in a head-on collision with a Ford pick-up at the intersections of Highway 41 and 46 outside of Shandon, CA. Wütherich survived the crash with a broken jaw, but Dean was pronounced DOA at the Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital at 5:59 pm. His last words were reportedly: "That guy's gotta stop... He'll see us."

In the 2001-2002 California Senate session, a Californian state senator initiated legislation that proclaimed the junction of Highways 41 and 46 as "James Dean Memorial Junction."

Apparently, the San Andreas fault is near this location as well.

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