Camaro ZL1 goes into service, but dealership employee destroys it instead, lawsuit claims

Camaro ZL1 Crashed by Service Advisor, Class Action LawsuitJessica Lynn Walker

There needs to be a certain level of trust to leave your car at a dealership; you need to know they will take care of it. Unfortunately, too many stories of the service technician gone mad have eroded the social contract between owner and dealer, especially for those who own high-performance models.

These nightmares became so real that a man named Kenny Habul reportedly gave specific instructions stating that his 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Hendrick Edition was not to be driven off the lot by any employee at H & L Chevrolet in Darien, Connecticut, under any circumstances. But according to the lawsuit filed in Stamford District Superior Court, Habul’s request was not honored.


After bringing in his specially tuned, 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 Camaro ZL1 because it wouldn’t start, the folks at H & L Chevrolet were supposed to replace a faulty clutch switch. Instead, the lawsuit alleges that service advisor Matthew Sebastian took the muscle car on a wild ride, reaching speeds of 89 miles per hour on I-95 before losing control and hitting a guardrail. The driver — allegedly Sebastian — wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Analysis of data from the factory on-board track recorder after the crash shows that the gas pedal was depressed 95 percent just three seconds before the crash that ultimately destroyed the limited-edition model. Habul, valued at $97,000 at last count, had never driven the Hendricks Edition Camaro on the road before, instead keeping it as a collector’s item. The model had just 989 miles on it before the crash.

“According to the police officer who investigated the accident, the road was passable and there was no debris on the sidewalk other than what was left after the accident,” the original complaint reads.

According to a police report obtained by police, Sebastian was also issued a ticket for failing to stay in his lane. Automotive news. Based on the on-board data recorder and police statements, it sounds like a classic case of too much power and not enough caution. Or, as the complaint puts it, Sebastian’s driving was “willful and reckless” and his actions constituted “highly unreasonable conduct.”

Initially filed June 17, Habul is seeking full compensation for the value of his Hendricks Edition Camaro, as well as court costs and punitive damages. Likewise, the lawsuit claims H&L Chevrolet is liable for Sebastian’s actions because he was an employee and agent of the dealership at the time of the accident.

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