george lucas car crash

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george lucas car crash
sylvan ave and rexford dr
modesto, california 95356

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On June 12, 1962, then 17-year-old George Lucas was driving his Fiat Bianchina home to northern Modesto. His classmate, Frank Ferreira, attempted to pass him at a high speed and smashed into the small Fiat. The car flipped several times before crashing into a tree. Lucas was thrown from the car and survived with minor fractures and hemorrhaging lungs.

Lucas had wanted to be a race car driver up until that point, spending most of his 10th and 11th grade weekends cruising. The accident altered his perception.

"The accident made me more aware of myself and my feelings. I began to trust my instincts. I had the feeling that I should go to college, and I did," said Lucas.

Lucas's Fiat from the Modesto Bee, 1962