According to the New York Daily News’ Page Six, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the son of late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and brother of current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, crashed his 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible in Southampton following a party thrown by his wife over the Memorial Day weekend.
Witnesses say the anchor was drag racing, though a friend of Cuomo’s claims he merely lost control of the car while goofing around for pictures. That friend maintains that the police report, which led the press to discover that the accident had happened, was filed mainly for “insurance purposes.”
One source told Page Six, “It was a full-blown drag race. … Everybody heard it. He lost control and crashed into a parked Mercedes. He was lucky because it was his friend’s car.”
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But a conflicting second person at the party described it differently, saying that when Cuomo left, “a friend of Chris’ was outside in a 1967 Pontiac LeMans. Chris is a car guy, so he got his car and pulled up alongside. … A woman stood between them, pretending it was [a] starting line, and people were taking a bunch of pictures.”
The second source claimed the cars “never moved,” but “a photo op became a fender-bender” after Cuomo “turns his car around to leave and he bumps into another one of his friend’s cars. It was a Mercedes SUV. Chris broke his radiator, and it was leaking fluid, so he drove home in case the engine stopped working. He told his wife to stay. He knew whose car it was — it had a dent.”
Others in the neighborhood lend credence to the first source, saying Cuomo has a history of showboating with cars and driving fast.
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Last summer, he posted a video of him peeling out on a Hamptons street in the exact same Pontiac Firebird convertible, teasing his CNN colleague Don Lemon by saying, “For you, Don,” before accelerating.
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