First 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat sold in Colorado – Crashed

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2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat (provided by: BN)

First 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat sold in Colorado crashed within a few miles from the dealership.

There are those dangerous stretches of road that have a bad history, and this crash took place at precisely such a location.

[UPDATE: The following is according to a report by the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).

This crash took place at 8:07pm MST on December 19th, 2014. The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat driver, 34-year-old Lance Utley of Winter Park, CO, was traveling northbound on Riverdale Rd. The driver lost control to the right, then overcorrected and lost control to the left, and struck a tree head on. There were two additional occupants in the vehicle. The driver was charged with careless driving. Drugs or alcohol were not involved. There was no mention of excessive speeding. All three occupants were unhurt.]

dodge_hellcat_crash_speed_limitThe blind over-crest on a relatively rural and winding stretch of road near Brighton Colorado (near the South Platte river).

According to this reporter, the skid marks at the scene of the accident show that the driver was traveling north. As the car crested the blind hill, the road drops down to the right, and the Hellcat may have been in a slight drift. The road is very narrow, but in good condition, well marked, and with a posted 40 MPH speed limit sign. The car started to drift toward the right ditch after the speed limit sign. The driver tried to correct, but the resulting over-correction sent the car across the lane and into a large cottonwood tree. Thankfully, there was no oncoming traffic at this moment.


Official investigation is still underway, and police department was not available for comment.

The crash site was just a few dozen feet away from a blue “Please Drive Safely” sign in memory of Garrett D. Sessions and Rebecca A. Morgan. This is a very grim reminder of how dangerous it can be.


The Challenger Hellcat in this incident is a Sublime Green Pearl example. It’s powered by a 707 horsepower 6.2L Supercharged HEMI V8. This is the most powerful production Dodge muscle car engine of all time. It should be treated with respect. Also, the performance tires that it wears from the factory cannot perform well at temperatures near 32F (as it was in this case).

It is fortunate that all three occupants of this Hellcat were unhurt, and that nobody else was harmed.

A small pile of leftover Hellcat parts.

Let this 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat crash be another reminder to be careful and stay safe.

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Check out this fun TFLcar show where Roman compares the Challenger Hellcat to the Charger Hellcat.