The definitive video of the incident can be found here. It features everything you’d want in a crash story, including:And this from Wikileaks:
The ejected motor and transmission
Video of the car burning with the fury of a thousand suns[...]
I’m not here to speak ill of the dead. I’m here to state that I’ve seen dozens of cars hit walls and stuff at high speeds and the number of them that I have observed to eject their powertrains and immediately catch massive fire is, um, ah, zero. Modern cars are very good at not catching fire in accidents. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is an evolutionary design from a company known for sweating the safety details over and above the Euro NCAP requirements, should be leading the pack in the not-catching-on-fire category.
Nor is the C-Class known for sudden veering out of control into trees and whatnot. My father’s been running a C350 of that generation around Hilton Head for a while and if anybody could make a C-Class veer into a palm tree without warning it would be him.
Michael Hastings death has a very serious non-public complication. We will have more details later.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 19, 2013
Just hours before his death, Hastings contacted a lawyer about an FBI investigation, details here.