Nikki Catsouras was tragically killed in a horrific 2006 car accident on Halloween while driving her Dad’s porsche sports car. Nicole ‘Nikki’ Catsouras was only 18 years old at the time of the crash.
Nikki Catsouras, only 18 years old, died in a tragic car accident in her father’s porsche, and has come to be known as “porsche girl”.
Nikki Catsouras had an argument with her father over sneaking a cigarette, and he took her car keys away. So she borrowed his $150,000 Porsche and was speeding in excess of 100MPH before hitting a Honda that was doing 70MPH and went across the highway and into the tollboth.
As if the tragic accident was not enough for her poor parents to endure, the California Highway Patrol released the graphic pictures of the accident, and are in hot water for it! California Highway Patrol policy and the state vehicle code forbids Police from distributing crime scene photos publicly.
You can imagine how the parents and Nikki’s family feel, after seeing their beautiful daughter they lost, exploited in this way.
After being devastated with the news of their young daughter, Nikki Catsouras’ tragic accident, they soon began receiving anonymous emails and text messages showing photos of their daughter’s accident. Some of the photos were as graphic as showing their daughter, Nikki’s, decapitated body still belted into the vehicle.
One person was actually cruel and cold enough to post up a fake MySpace as if it was a tribute to Nikki Catsouras, but actually contained the graphic photos of the car accident.
The terribly graphic photos were taken by the officers of the California Highway Patrol, and were emailed out of the department, which eventually made their way onto websites on the internet. An investigator hired by Nikki’s family gathered this information.
The mother of Nikki, Lesli Catsouras has even stopped checking her email, and has chosen to home-school their three younger daughters.
The Catsouras family is fighting this invasion of their privacy the only way they can, by suing, and a judge out of California says the lawsuit can move forward.
The CHP employees that played a huge role in the images of Nikki, are said to be Thomas O’Donnell and Aaron Reich.
Nikki Catsouras had never before driven the Porsche 911, and was traveling at 100 miles per hour on the toll road when she clipped another car, sped out of control, and slammed into a toll booth.
Nikki had not been drinking and there was not a trace of any drugs in her system.
The graphic photos of the accident can be found here if you really must see them. You maintain responsibility for your own concience and motives. The family is working to have the images removed from the web. Out of respect for the family we will not show the graphic photos.
You can see a video of Nikki Catsouras’ tragic story here. And a tribute to her here.