“They were driving southbound on Alva Lane in the Pebble Beach area and were just north of 17 Mile Drive when they approached a curve in the road at what appeared to be an unsafe speed,” he said, describing the accident that occurred just before 6 p.m. June 12. “The driver lost control, and the vehicle ran off the road on the right side and struck a tree on the driver’s side.”
James Crane, founder of one of the nation’s largest freight companies in Houston, Texas, and owner of the 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello, was riding in the passenger seat and was unharmed, according to Wiest. But the driver, Neil Kelley, also from Houston and CEO of an energy trading firm there, suffered major injuries. Both men are in their 50s.
A crackdown on fast driving in Del Monte Forest that began nearly three years ago has resulted in lower speeds, fewer accidents and overall less crime, according to the Pebble Beach Community Services District.
Since October 2006, California Highway Patrol officers have regularly patrolled Del Monte Forest, an effort the PBCSD says has been highly successful.