Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder, nicknamed "Little Bastard," headed to a car race in Salinas, CA, with his mechanic Rolf Wuetherich, when they were involved in a head-on collision with a car driven by a 23-year-old college student named Donald Turnaspeed.
Dean was taken to Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m. Wuetherich, who was thrown from the car, survived the accident and Turnaspeed escaped with minor injuries. No charges were ever filed against him.
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You can rent any of his flicks at the local Blockbuster and pick up books about him at the Laguna Niguel Library.