Legendary Actor Allegedly Crashes Car In Attempt To Kill Himself And His Family

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The wife of “Revenge of the Nerds” star Robert Carradine says that he purposefully drove his car into a semi-truck with the intention of killing them both.

In March 2015, Robert was driving with his wife, Edith, on Colorado Highway 145 in Dolores, near the San Juan mountains. The Daily Mail reports that he drove into incoming traffic and collided with a tractor-trailer. The two were injured, but ultimately recovered.

“The fact that they were wearing seat belts is why they are with us today,” said state patrolman James Saunders.

The truck driver, a 59-year-old from Wisconsin, suffered no injuries.

According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Edith confronted her husband about the crash four months later. She said that Robert “confessed to me and our two children that he deliberately drove into the truck to kill us both.”
She added that her husband was wide awake at the time of the crash and that he is an “experienced professional racecar driver … so when he suddenly veered across the highway and into the full sized semi-truck, he did so on purpose.”

The police report following the incident said that the crash was due to careless driving. It was determined that Robert was not speeding, nor did he have any drugs or alcohol in his system. Weather was also not a factor, as it was neither raining nor snowing at the time of the crash.

In November 2015, Robert filed for divorce, ending the couple’s 25-year union and beginning a long battle over money. Edith says that her husband has been depressed since his brother’s death in 2009. She wants possession of his 17 guns out of fear that he may hurt himself.

She also is attempting to take some of her husband’s guitars, which are reportedly worth thousands of dollars. She is currently unemployed in deep financial debt, owing more than $14,000 in attorney fees, according to the Daily Mail.

Robert petitioned a motion to the court asking for spousal support from Edith, the Mail reports. He also requested that he should not be required to provide spousal support for his wife.

Robert is best known for his role as Lewis Skolnick in the 1984 comedy “Revenge of the Nerds.” He also appeared in a number of TV series, including “Kung Fu,” “The Long Riders,” and “Cannonball.” Most recently, he played a tracker in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”

Sources: Daily Mail, TMZ / Photo credit: Pixabay, The 1 Second Film/Flickr, Sam Green/Cortez Journal via Daily Mail