Dunn and also his passenger were eliminated when his Porsche slammed right into a tree in Chester County and also burst into flames, police say

By Kelly Bayliss, Karen Araiza and Vince Lattanzio•Published June 20, 2011•Updated ~ above June 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm
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"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn to be killed at an early stage Monday morning when his Porsche flew over a guardrail in West Goshen, Pa., slammed into a tree and also burst into flames, according to neighborhood police.

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Dunn"s passenger, 30-year-old Zachary Hartwell the West Chester, Pa., was also killed. Hartwell worked as a production assistant top top the movie "Jackass Number Two" and also starred in Bam Margera"s movie "Minghags."

Chester county Coroner"s Office announced Tuesday that the cause of fatality for both Dunn and also Hartwell to be "Blunt and Thermal Trauma due to a motor car accident. The nature that the deaths was noted as Accidental."


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Dunn, 34, was determined by his tattoos, according to a witness that was top top the scene as soon as the bodies to be pulled indigenous the wreckage.

The one-car accident occurred on course 322 roughly 2:30 a.m., follow to Officer Geiger with West Goshen police. The 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 shot through about 40 yards that trees before it fight the critical one and exploded into flames, follow to police. The police press release (.PDF) reads, "Preliminary investigation revealed that speed may have actually been a contributing factor to the accident."

Dunn was last viewed at Barnaby"s that America in West Chester in the hours prior to the accident.

"Ryan didn"t appear drunk prior to he left," Barnaby"s manager called buzzpatterson.com. The manager claimed Dunn left the bar roughly 2 a.m.

A toxicology report ~ above Dunn and also Hartwell is not due earlier for a few weeks, follow to the coroner"s office.

One of the last guys to view Ryan Dunn alive speaks to NBC Philadelphia.

TMZ. Com is also reporting Dunn to be at the bar Sunday night:

One that the friends tells TMZ ... Dunn had 3 fearbut Lites and also 3 "girly shots" in between 10:30 PM and 2:10 to be -- virtually a 4 hour span -- yet he to be "not as well drunk to drive."

Bam Margera"s mommy April to be the first to publicly check the fact TV star"s death. In an interview through buzzpatterson.com, April claims she learned of the accident after acquiring a contact from WMMR"s Preston and Steve radio show. She common the news through the present after speaking through police.

"He"s simply the sweetest guy you"d ever want to know and also he would perform anything because that you," April Margara said. April and her husband Phil teared up together they spoke around Dunn speak they thought about him a son.

"Iknow the whole "Jackass" family is ruined and all of West Chester is devastated," she said.

April Margara likewise said Dunn to be a quick driver and also that she told him to slow-moving down "everyday" following a negative accident he was affiliated in an ext than a te ago.

"He drove as well fast and I yelled at him every the time around that," she said.

Dunnwas well-known primarily for his attention antics and also practical hoax in MTV"s "Jackass" collection and movies v his long-time friendBam Margera. The is a member the the CKY Crew withMargera. Dunn likewise co-hosted a show on the G4 network dubbed "Proving Ground."

Bam Margera, that is right now in Phoenix, Ariz., has not talked publicly around Dunn"s death. His parental say he"s ruined by the news.

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Dunn"s friend and also former co-star Johnny Knoxville tweeted this statement:

"Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My love goes the end to his family and also his lover Angie. RIPRyan, i love you buddy."


MTV likewise released this declare via Twitter concerning the death of Ryan Dunn:"We"re deeply saddened through the happen of a member the the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts space with his friends and also family."This photo was posted onDunn"s Tumblr about two hours prior to the accident take it place. It has since been eliminated from his account. April Margera confirms that Dunn is pictured ~ above the left and his passenger Zachary Hartwell is on the far right. The man in the facility has yet to it is in identified.