Gizmondo Ferrari-crash mystery man unmasked?

One of the amusing footnotes to the otherwise tragic Gizmondo saga is the legal travails of Bo Stefan Eriksson, a former executive at the handheld's now-bankrupt parent company. In February 2006, the alleged Swedish mafia associate was fished from the wreckage of a rare Ferrari Enzo, which...

One of the amusing footnotes to the otherwise tragic Gizmondo saga is the legal travails of Bo Stefan Eriksson, a former executive at the handheld's now-bankrupt parent company. In February 2006, the alleged Swedish mafia associate was fished from the wreckage of a rare Ferrari Enzo, which currently sell for around $1 million each. When explaining how the car crashed at over 120 miles per hour, Eriksson claimed a German man named "Dietrich" was driving the vehicle when it crashed. The Swede--who was legally drunk--told law enforcement officers that he didn't know Dietrich's last name or his post-crash whereabouts.

Unsurprisingly, police were skeptical of Eriksson's story, and he eventually pled no contest to driving under the influence and gun possession. Over the weekend, though, the LA County Sheriff's Department apprehended someone it suspects of being the real Dietrich. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that authorities have arrested 26-year-old Trevor Michael Karney on charges of resisting arrest, giving false information to police, and an unrelated DUI charge.

The LACSD told the Times that it suspects Karney of being the passenger in the Enzo when it crashed. He allegedly was filming Eriksson going over 160 mph when the accident occurred. After briefly sitting in the car of a passer-by--who later reported finding a loaded handgun clip under the seat--Karney is said to have fled the scene, eventually hiding out on the yacht of another ex-Gizmondo executive, Carl Freer.

The Times reports Karney also faces possible immigration charges for leaving the country for Ireland and then illegally sneaking back in through Mexico. His bail has been set at $60,000.

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ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

I would LOVE to see that video clip, if it stil exists.

stfolife
stfolife

oh ok thanks for clearing that up

benjaminjoel
benjaminjoel

This is part of the reason GameTrailers recently declared Gizmondo to be the worst console ever.

ogretroll123
ogretroll123

Man... A part of me died when I saw the Enzo split in half.

jogunther
jogunther

Most of you got it right lol, poor Enzo. Those guys are actually bad luck, and bad "news"

rusty_13
rusty_13

gizmondo.. lmao.. the dorkiest name for a console, handled or just anything

keci_kt
keci_kt

120 mph!!!!!what were you thinking and drinking....shhhh wow..... You really got some nerves to be driving like that......hope nothing bad happened to you but at the same time hope nobody get injured.. Then $1 million each Ferrari Enzo......for some people that is just paper money....but a lot of us that is BIG MONEY..... $60 000 on bail.....man i wish a had that money to spend...

westsidejedi360
westsidejedi360

Dietrich and Trevor arent very similar names, unless they were an alias

Mudvayne84
Mudvayne84

To stfolife: Its a guy from a company that had to do with GAMES and its NOT a main headline, its in the sidebar with the other less interesting news!

IKKF
IKKF

Wait, the police didn't suspect anyone until now? Sad... I don't think this "Dietrich" doesn't even exist. The dude was drunk, and it was probably the first name that popped into his head, but Karney does seem awfully suspicious...

allmybase
allmybase

The short way of answering that is to say that it was a horrible handheld and leave it at that. The long way of answering that is to say that it was a handheld that was destined to fail due to a bunch of idiotic mistakes. Among other things, the handheld came in multiple SKUs, had GPS that was used almost entirely for advertisement purposes (this was in the cheaper SKU; the Gizmondo would determine where you were and create advertisements that were relevant to your location), implemented very shoddy distribution (you could only get the system through one of a dozen-ish mall kiosks or online), and had no memorable games whatsoever. Basically, imagine a Virtual Boy (in terms of its success) mixed with an N-Gage and you have a Gizmondo.

allmybase
allmybase

stfolife, this is connected to video games because it involves some executives who were involved in the European distribution of the obscure handheld Gizmondo. Beyond that, this is mostly just for novelty because, quite honestly, it's fun to hear about "Dietrich."

stfolife
stfolife

yes but even in the sidebar the articles are usualy in someway connected to a video game

allmybase
allmybase

Dietrich! We all missed you! Hahaha, I thought this saga had been long dead, but I guess someone was just dying to tie up that loose end. I mean, if you had seriously paid attention to those stories like I had, chances are that Dietrich (or the supposed lack of) was probably the most amusing aspect of it. Wow, this is definitely the oddball gaming news story of the week.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I know this is sidebar but this is dumb!!! Screw that HAHA HA stupid Billionare I'm just amazed he's not dead. Oh well we can dream can't we!!! HA

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

nice to know the follow up, it would be a good idea to place this figure in the next burnout.

vaejas
vaejas

Curioser and curioser! Dietrich is truly the Kilroy of our time. I hope they put him in the Simpsons game. :D

PsychooKiller
PsychooKiller

Its kinda like Enron, cept those guys got caught. The CEOs and top managers realize that the company is dieing, so they scam there way into getting its remaining money, then just watch it crash. I'm just glad that the car wasn't a Vanquish.

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

The madness of the Gizmondo saga never seems to end...

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

These guys haven't done jack, where do they get the money for Enzo's and Yacht's? They should have at least posted the vid on youtube.

RELL1K
RELL1K

TheKretinousQ The Enzo was rented in Europe and illegally smuggled into the U.S. If I could find a Gizmondo on clearance somewhere I would probably buy one. Mind you It would have to be very cheap. It was supposed to have great MP4 and MP3 playback.

TheKretinousQ
TheKretinousQ

MY GOD THAT ENZO!! How did Gizmodo man get invited to own one? I reckon it's stolen.

futagoza
futagoza

You just gotta love Tjock-Steffe... I'm happy we have people like him promoting Sweden abroad ^_^

Seolta
Seolta

Money+Stupidity=Entertainment! Since the dotcom boom, loads of top tier exotic cars have been crashed by their cash-laden yet clue-bereft spoiled ass drivers. The phenomenon has even spawned several websites devoted to these alcohol and bravado-fueled dumbasses. In answer to niteowl74 Gizmondos were handheld gaming/gps/email devices with no voice call capability. The company was run as if it were intended to fail, and somehow a few ppl at the top made it out with $$$ go figure :0

niteowl74
niteowl74

Has anyone actually seen one of these Gizmondo things?

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Watch him skip bail then easily recover the $60,000 through another series of illegal scams. Forget bail, just deport this life long criminal and be done with it.

JamesL007
JamesL007

Ok, so that what really happen. That poor Enzo, but than again its lucky no one was killed in that accident, it could have been a lot worst than that.

Agreb91
Agreb91

Lets hope this comes to a close.

Ghostin-Dashell
Ghostin-Dashell

Gamespot did get a lot of mileage out of the dude being non-existant... so perhaps even if it's only a pseudo game story it's good to know they followed it up (even after they got the juice).

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

RE:stfolife That's why Gamespot put it in the SIDEBAR...

stfolife
stfolife

im sorry but what does this have to do with games?

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

One of the amusing footnotes to the otherwise tragic Gizmondo saga is the legal travails of Bo Stefan Eriksson, a former executive at the handheld's now-bankrupt parent company. In February 2006, the alleged Swedish mafia associate was fished from the wreckage of a rare Ferrari Enzo, which currently sell for around $1 million each. When explaining how the car crashed at over 120 miles per hour, Eriksson claimed a German man named "Dietrich" was driving the vehicle when it crashed. The Swede--who was legally drunk--told law enforcement officers that he didn't know Dietrich's last name or his post-crash whereabouts.

Unsurprisingly, police were skeptical of Eriksson's story, and he eventually pled no contest to driving under the influence and gun possession. Over the weekend, though, the LA County Sheriff's Department apprehended someone it suspects of being the real Dietrich. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that authorities have arrested 26-year-old Trevor Michael Karney on charges of resisting arrest, giving false information to police, and an unrelated DUI charge.

The LACSD told the Times that it suspects Karney of being the passenger in the Enzo when it crashed. He allegedly was filming Eriksson going over 160 mph when the accident occurred. After briefly sitting in the car of a passer-by--who later reported finding a loaded handgun clip under the seat--Karney is said to have fled the scene, eventually hiding out on the yacht of another ex-Gizmondo executive, Carl Freer.

The Times reports Karney also faces possible immigration charges for leaving the country for Ireland and then illegally sneaking back in through Mexico. His bail has been set at $60,000.