Bam Margera had premonition about Ryan Dunn’s crash

During an emotional interview with WTXF (see below) at the scene of fellow Jackass star Ryan Dunn’s fiery car crash, Bam Margera revealed he had a premonition something terrible was about to happen. Dunn crashed his car while going an estimated 140 mph (225 kph) in a 55 mph (90 kph) zone at about 2:38 a.m. Monday morning. Minutes before, Margera, who was in Arizona having “the best time with friends,” had a strange feeling: “At 12:30 [local time], I just started punching out the windows of the rental van and ripping out the speakers, and I don’t even know why,” he recalled. “I wasn’t mad at anything or anybody.” At 12:30 a.m. in Arizona, it would have been 2:30 a.m. in Pennsylvania, just prior to Dunn’s crash. A tearful Bam admitted, “I’ve never lost anybody that I care about. It’s my best friend,” adding, “It’s just not right.” The coroner report states that it was impossible to determine if Dunn and his passenger Zach Hartwell died from the impact of the crash, the resulting fire, or both. The Philadelphia Inquirerer reports Dunn had at least 23 driving citations in the 13 years prior to his death, including 10 for speeding and one DUI. According to toxicology report, his blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.196, more than twice the .08 legal limit.

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  1. Angela • June 23, 2011 @ 12:38 AM

    My sympathy goes out to him. It’s terrible to lose a loved one.

  2. nobody important • June 23, 2011 @ 2:50 AM

    Hmmm let’s see. He had 23 previous driving citations with one DUI, toxicology results put Dunn’s blood alcohol concentration at 0.196 percent, while the legal state limit is 0.08, and his actions killed the passenger – Zach Hartwell.

  3. Dante • June 23, 2011 @ 6:10 AM

    Hey shut the f*ck up nobody important! Regardless of his mistakes show some respect you as*hole, people have died and all you can do is criticize!

  4. BMaz • June 23, 2011 @ 10:20 AM

    @ Dante, hmm he had already been in a serious accident in the past, he is only 2 years older than I am, yet he has had 23 driving citations, I have had 3. One of his driving citation was a DUI.
    This is a pattern of bad decisions, sorry but I feel no sympathy, the only good thing is that he didn’t crash into anyone.

  5. Germain • June 23, 2011 @ 11:21 AM

    I had a friend that made the same mistake, he didn’t die but the passenger did. He was in jail for a year and he still never learned his lesson. It’s sad but they bring it on themselves.

  6. TheTruth • June 23, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

    Dante not too long ago OBinL died… yea he was an a$$h07e and had some mistakes, but shouldn’t we all have shown him a little respect? Yea.. you stfu now pls.

  7. Alex • June 23, 2011 @ 2:21 PM

    Dude was going 140mph in a 55mph zone and he was drunk out of his mind. And from the reports above, it looks like he has done this many times before. He never learned his lesson. He was selfish with no regard for his own life or others. I for one am glad an idiot like this is gone. He could have killed more innocent people. I have no sympathy for him.

  8. Linda • June 23, 2011 @ 2:33 PM

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. Just too bad he killed a passenger. Glad he didn’t kill other innocent people

  9. Tayderhead • June 23, 2011 @ 2:41 PM

    When I was 10, my dad was killed by a drunk driver. My 12 yr old brother was in the car and couldn’t attend his dad’s funeral because he had to spend it in the hospital recovering from injuries that nearly took his own life. My cousin & I jumped out of the car at the last second, deciding not to go for the ride. (Fate at work). My dad was so mangled that it was a “closed casket” funeral. The drunk driver was also in his 30’s, a father of two, and survived with broken ribs and punctured lungs. Losing our dad changed all of our lives forever, and my brother & I were then raised by a mother who never recovered emotionally from the ordeal. She was weak, unstable and cried almost every day. Gone were the days of our happy household. Want to hear something more about fate? The drunk driver was my dad’s boss’s son who was vacationing in the same area that we were. Drunk drivers will never learn until something life changing, or life altering happens.

  10. MayBelle • June 23, 2011 @ 2:47 PM

    I guess this Jackass can now be nominated for a Darwin Award. It was only a matter of time before his risky behavior resulted in his death. Too bad he took the passenger with him! I agree with Linda – glad he didn’t kill any other innocent people!

  11. Okiedokie • June 23, 2011 @ 3:48 PM

    Pretty sad!! He killed someone else, and had a longtime history of DUI. Why was he still allowed to drive? Should have been in jail!!!

  12. matt • June 23, 2011 @ 5:23 PM

    Show some respect you act like you have never made mistakes.

  13. melissa • June 23, 2011 @ 6:50 PM

    what happened is awful in every way imaginable. yes because he was drinking and driving and yes because he had done this before, but people need to remember that he had a family and friends that are suffering. he is gone so the nasty remarks aren’t hurting him it is those who cared for him. everyone keeps talking about the passenger he had with him like he is all innocent, he was drinking too and he decided to get in that car with ryan dunn.

  14. Thibz • June 23, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

    Its to bad he didnt know better then to drink and drive. An innocent life is gone out of his careless behavior. Sad news

  15. Thibz • June 23, 2011 @ 8:10 PM


  16. ihatehaters • June 23, 2011 @ 11:13 PM

    fool me once shame on you,
    fool me twice shame on me,

    fool me 21 times and you roast like a marshmallow.

    the police needto crack down on airhead fools. this
    guy put fireworks and toy cars and who knows
    what else up his ass for a living. I am surprised
    this is how he died.

    I am sorry for his passenger but I never get into a
    car with anyone who is intoxicated. That guy must have been just as drunk.

    I wish someone had taped it. It could have been on
    Jackass 4: Uncut and Uncensored.

    My name is Ryan Dunn and this is the Intoxicated Speed Demon Demolition Derby Fireball Shabang.


  17. ihatehaters • June 23, 2011 @ 11:24 PM

    also if one of Bam’s friends died every time he destroyed a rental car he would not have a friend in the world.

  18. Sober Always • June 24, 2011 @ 12:09 AM

    Bam gets drunk almost every night and wrecks almost everything he touches. So wrecking the van wasn’t premonition it was his usual stupid Jackass way.

  19. Kathleen • June 24, 2011 @ 12:29 AM

    Well, I feel badly for “Bam”–that he lost such a good buddy, referred to him like a “brother”. But, NO ONE POURED the BOOZE down Ryan Dunn’s throat, and then told him to go on a “Joy Ride”!!! It’s sad the way that his “mistakes” caught up to him, but he didn’t Have to take another innocent victim along for the ride too! It’s an unfortunate loss, but just another one that Hollywood -types need to learn from! I guess they won’t be having anymore Stupid “Jackass” movies–too bad!!!!!!lol

  20. WhatsDoneIsDone • June 24, 2011 @ 1:13 AM

    Wow, there’s a lot of opinions flying around here so I’m going to voice mine as well…LOL

    I don’t COMPLETELY blame Ryan for drinking and driving and killing his passenger and himself…if the cops were doing their job YEARS ago by taking his license away and giving him jail time for all of his offenses, then maybe the accident wouldn’t have happened.

    I live in Ontario Canada and I know that a first offense DUI is an automatic 30 day suspension and 7 day impound on the spot…then it’s off to court and usually another year to 3 years without a license plus a fine of up to $2000 (I believe, if not more). Second offenses, result in jail time, a fine and longer suspension time…some offenders never get their licenses back. There’s still enough idiots that don’t follow the law BUT it’s not as bad as it used to be since they’ve cracked down on it.

    As far as Ryan’s passenger, he chose to get into the car with Ryan knowing that he was drunk. Ryan didn’t force him to get in the car with him.

    I’m not saying what he did was right in any way and I’m glad to hear that nobody else was injured or killed but remember, both Ryan and his passenger left behind family and friends that have to pick up the pieces and try to make sense of this tragedy. It’s as difficult to deal with as a loved one’s suicide (and I know first hand how difficult that can be on a family). The loved ones that are left behind will be dealing with the whys and will grieve but it will turn to anger because the person didn’t care who they would hurt by being reckless or self destructive. So please everyone, when voicing your opinions, try to do so in a constructive way if possible. Remember there are many family and friends that are left behind who have to deal with the aftermath of Ryan and his passenger’s poor choices.

    Such a preventable tragedy 🙁

  21. J. • June 24, 2011 @ 1:30 AM

    Don’t drink and drive–what is so difficult about that? These people can afford to take taxis, but they would rather risk their lives (and others’). I would never get into a car with anyone who has been drinking.

    I can’t feel sympathy for someone who was so stupid.

  22. Jo-Anne • June 24, 2011 @ 8:14 AM

    ” Regardless of his mistakes”???

    those were some mistakes…

    my sympathy lies with his family, as does with yours Tayderhead, that is an absolutely tragic situation for you and your family to have suffered all these years

    “if the cops were doing their job YEARS ago by taking his license away and giving him jail time for all of his offenses, then maybe the accident wouldnt have happened.” cops can only do so much, it’s up to our legal system to do the rest…

  23. Dante • June 24, 2011 @ 9:09 AM

    I hate people who drink and drive, but some of you who don’t at least consider the fact Ryan and his friends family member could be reading these comments. How would you feel if people wrote stuff like this about you or your family if this had happened? You would be upset and pissed off! Why don’t you get over the fact that very few people change from there mistakes. It is terrible and sad, but no’s perfect, don’t act like you have never made mistakes we all have, what’s done is done. Go ahead and send me your angry or annoyed replies, you want to preach? then preach to the people you love! don’t waste stupid commments like “No Sympethy” etc. You can only hope for those who can change.

  24. jjones • June 24, 2011 @ 9:16 AM

    It was a terrible tragedy and I am glad that nobody else got hurt in the process. I do feel for their families because they are probably thinking “what a terrible waste” and that’s what it was, a terrible waste.

    I hope that the teens+ that are Jackass fans learn a valuable lesson from this and if they do, then he did not die in vain.

  25. Trevor • June 24, 2011 @ 10:32 AM

    Dunn was not drunk out of his mind. Having a few drinks is not a big deal and everyone does it. Speeding? Sure he was but that was just him having fun. It is sad that he died but he did it doing the thing he liked to do the most.

    My heart goes out to Bam. He lost a brother and we should have the utmost sympathy for him.

  26. Jeff • June 24, 2011 @ 10:48 AM

    I can’t say I believe half of you morons on here, people die in car accidents all the time drunk/high/texting/tired/eating/new driver/old driver/ or simply the way she goes. Who the f*ck are you to comment?. DUNN made people laugh, was a nice guy all around, and did like to booze. Guess what I have news for you, I drank and drove when I was young OMFG. Not hammered but I did drink. Guess what I didn’t have something bad happen to me, I just grew up. I don’t think most celebrities think of consequences as much as regular people, but hes f*cking dead, regardless of how. So quit f*cking adding your 2 cents and make a fbook page about your pathetic life, and leave the commenting to the concerned, intelligent people.

  27. Trevor • June 24, 2011 @ 2:12 PM

    Jeff…thank you. All these holier than thou’s on here need to shut the heck up.

  28. C-Dub • June 24, 2011 @ 3:27 PM

    Wow, hot topic. Hopefully others have learned a lesson from this. Nobody should undermind the body of work Dunn did, even if you think the pranks and stunts are childish, you cannot help but laugh at a few things. It is a legacy he left behind. Otherwise please don’t d&d people be a DD instead.

  29. Jo-Anne • June 24, 2011 @ 4:40 PM

    Jeff, not only 2 cents….more like a whopping $500 should be added to make those who drink and drive think think think before another tragedy occurs…

    if you want to call it preaching, let it be…

  30. nobody important • June 26, 2011 @ 11:22 PM

    You’re right Jeff; Drinking and driving is everyone’s birth-right… most especially if that person’s famous and make you laugh.

    Oh, and BTW, based on your comments, I’m not convinced you “grew up”.

  31. ihatehaters • June 27, 2011 @ 10:23 AM

    Jeff and those who agree with him should all re-enact Dunn’s wild night as a tribute. While you are at it take a close friend or family member along for realism.

    You will not be missed.

  32. Dawn • June 27, 2011 @ 7:51 PM

    Kathleen do you have something against “hollywood type” people or somthing? that’s the second time I have seen you put them down. and what’s done is done can’t say it better. I am a survivor of a real bad one. Lost one that night as well. Driver never learned. But the family and friends left to deal with this. The last thing they need to read every freakin time is all the hate comments. He is gone He does not see these so you now stop and THINK this was someones son,brother,friend ect. and show some RESPECT for the lost ones left behind.

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