Yet another twist in Ferrari crash case

first_imgCALABASAS – The only-in-Los Angeles saga that began last week with the high-speed Malibu crash of a $1 million Enzo Ferrari owned by a Swedish playboy is racing toward absurdity. Sheriff’s investigators now say that a mysterious German named Dietrich never existed, but an American named Trevor has materialized, along with two intriguing figures who conned deputies at the crash site while claiming to be homeland security officials. “It’s just spiraling out of control,” Sgt. Philip Brooks of the Malibu-Lost Hills sheriff’s station told reporters Thursday. “It’s simply amazing.” Sheriff’s detectives continued to question Stefan Eriksson about the Feb. 21 crash on Pacific Coast Highway. Eriksson’s top-of-the-line Ferrari split in two after its driver – who may or may not have been the Swede – lost control of the vehicle. The red sports car smashed against a utility poll. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Eriksson, who was at the scene nursing a bloody lip, told deputies he was just the passenger in his red Ferrari as it raced 162 mph against a Mercedes SLR. He claimed a German named Dietrich was driving the car and fled on foot after the smashup. Eriksson said the driver of the Mercedes sped away, but a man who authorities only identified as Trevor was at the crash site and told deputies he was the passenger of the Mercedes. Trevor gave his address as a yacht slip in Marina del Rey. The $14 million yacht usually docked there is gone. Investigators say Trevor waved down a passing motorist after the crash, asked to borrow a cell phone, and slipped a fully loaded magazine clip underneath the driver’s seat of the good Samaritan’s car. No weapon has been found. After all the twists and turns, investigators now believe there was no race, and no Mercedes, only the Enzo and Eriksson and probably Trevor riding shotgun. They also are checking reports from Scotland about a missing Mercedes SLR, purchased through a fraudulent company, linked to a possible associate of Eriksson. Eriksson was convicted of fraud and counterfeiting in Sweden in 1993 and 1994, and has been linked to a group known as the Uppsala Mafia, according to sheriff’s deputies. Along with Trevor, investigators said Thursday they are seeking two men who appeared at the scene of the crash. The men claimed to be “homeland security officials” with the Azuza-based San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority, waved badges at deputies and were allowed into the crash scene. Authorities believe they had ties to Eriksson, who is an honorary deputy police commissioner of the same transit authority. Eriksson, who does not have a California driver’s license, handed deputies a business card with the honorary title as a form of identification the morning of the crash. Ashley Posner, Eriksson’s civil attorney and member of the authority, said his client was named an honorary member because of his “expertise on video compression technology.” “Mr. Eriksson is a guy that has developed some technology that can be used in transit systems to assist police agencies to respond to emergencies that involve transit buses,” Posner said. Posner said the transit authority offers free van service to disabled residents. Throughout it all, deputies say Eriksson has been cooperative. On Wednesday, he appeared at the sheriff’s station to submit to DNA testing. A sheriff’s lab will analyze the swab of saliva taken from Eriksson’s mouth to see if it matches blood found on the driver’s side air bag. As for the car, Brooks said Ferrari has said it could repair the vehicle for $300,000. Only 399 Enzos were manufactured between 2002 and 2004, with one more made for Pope John Paul II in 2005. The Catholic Church auctioned that car off for $1.275 million to benefit charity. The original sticker price was $643,330, but the Enzo usually resells for about $1 million. Brooks said Eriksson owns two of the cars, and that he slipped into the United States in September. If arrested, Eriksson could be charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and providing false information to authorities and will face deportation, Brooks said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more