“I did not want to go off a bridge.”
Gage Gillean is a 17-year-old YouTube star. He’s also the son of private equity firm founder Tim Gillean.
The family owns a fleet of supercars. A Pagani, Bugatti, McLaren and Ferrari just to name a few.
In this case, the child took the purple Pagani Huayra Roadster out for a joyride in Texas. The car didn’t make it back.
“He’s upset,” Gillean said of his father. “But, it’s a car bro. ‘That’s a loss of a car but thank god my son is alive.’ That’s what my dad went through. I’m thankful to be able to see me dad again,” Gillean stated in the social media video below.
“Shit happens. Thanking God for a second chance at life. Crash could’ve left us with worse injuries or even death,” he posted on Instagram after the crash.
The Italian-made sports is built in carbon-fiber, everywhere. The car is chassis 76029 which Gillean claimed as a 1-of-1 machine. Pagani only makes around 30 cars per year.
The purple carbon fiber, makes it a 1-of-1. The family traded in an older Pagani and a 675 McLaren to receive the purple Pagani.
On Thursday, Gillean posted a photo to Instagram with his arm in a sling, “We gonna bounce back.”
All involved in the crash appear to be ok. Gillean’s arm is fractured. The other passenger [Zack] has an issue with his collarbone and tongue.
“He bit his tongue really bad when we crashed,” Gillean explained.
This particular 2017 model sold for $3.4-million when new. The family acquired it earlier this year, around June.
GG Exotics has 92k subscribers on YouTube. Roughly 10k have been added since the crash.
Gage Gillean explains the Pagani crash
“That was probably the most beautiful work of art I’ve ever seen. That car is really powerful and that’s kind of why I’m here making this story today.”
“Mr. Pagani, that was the best car ever. That was a work of art. We were so blessed to have that car. And I’m still blessed to be here.”
“We were making a video. We pulled out of the neighborhood… People who drive these cars, I think we sometimes forget how powerful these cars can be.”
“I was turning out. And, I did accelerate. Not while I was turning out. I turned out normal. As soon as I started going straight, I did accelerate. But, I will say, I did not go over the speed limit, which is 40[mph].”
“I just kinda lost control of it. I was in the middle lane. Once I started to accelerate, that’s when it started to turn on me. I started losing control and going right. Right, was a bad move.”
“If I went right, that was a 15 foot bridge. I did not want to go off a bridge, I think I really messed up when I started slamming on the brakes, while I was turning. I overturned, going left.”
“We hit the curb so fast. Down where I live, lanes are not that big so we hit the curb pretty quick. That’s when we caught a little bit of air and flew into the tree.”
Gillean addresses haters and takes fault
Widespread reports stated that Gillean was racing.
“I don’t really care what the haters are saying about it because most of y’all are saying bullshit. Car wrecks, happen. It could have been anybody.”
“I don’t think it’s totaled. It might look like. But, I’m not replaceable, I’m an actual human being.”
“People were there picking up pieces of the carbon fiber and trying to sell them. Which is ridiculous. I mean, congrats. I guess you got a part of the car.”
“It was totally my fault. I think I’m going to take a break from YouTube. I’m going to be coming back bigger, better and stronger.”
“For all the haters out there, keep hating. Cause my boy Mr. Pagani has some good things coming for us. We’re just living life and having fun. I’m just happy to be able to walk out of that car, alive.”