‘Jackass’ Star Ryan Dunn Killed In Car Accident In Chester County, Pennsylvania

WEST GOSHEN TWP., Pa. (CBS) – Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of the hit show “Jackass,” has died in a car accident in Pennsylvania.

Police say the West Chester native was one of two people killed in a single car crash in Chester County early Monday morning. The double fatal crash happened at about 2:38 a.m. on Route 322 near Pottstown Pike in West Goshen Township.

Just before the crash it’s believed Ryan Dunn was last seen at Barnaby’s in West Chester along with his friend and passenger, 30-year-old Zachary Hartwell of West Chester..

According to the police report obtained by CBS Philly, Ryan was driving his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 when it crashed into a wooded area and burst into flames. Both Dunn and Hartwell died as a result of injuries they sustained in the crash.

Police believe speed may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

According to the celebrity gossip web site TMZ, just hours before the wreck Dunn had been with friends at a bar in West Chester where he had uploaded a picture of himself with a drink in hand to his Twitter account; however, at this time there is no word if alcohol played a role in the crash.

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GALLERY: Remembering Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn was best known as a daredevil and sidekick of Bam Margera in the popular stunt and prank MTV television series “Jackass,” which was filmed in the West Chester region. Various “Jackass” films followed along with other reality shows like “Viva La Bam,” “Homewrecker” and several independent films.

STORY: Was Dunn’s untimely end foreseeable?

MTV responded to news of Dunn’s death via Twitter: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.”

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Dunn recently appeared in the summer premiere of NBC’s hit game show “Minute To Win It” with one of his prankster partners Steve-O, playing for a charity.

He had currently served as a host of G4’s new show “Proving Ground,” which debuted June 14th.

The West Chester area resident had just celebrated his birthday on June 11th. Ryan Dunn was 34.

Fans by the dozens showed up at the site of the car crash Monday evening.

“I have met Ryan a bunch of times. He was a great fellow. He would always have a conversation with you. He wouldn’t just blow you off like any celebrity would,” said Joshua Lizasuain.

His longtime friend and fellow daredevil Johnny Knoxville tweeted “Today I lost my brother Ryan Dunn. My heart goes out to his family and his beloved Angie. RIP Ryan, I love you buddy,”

At this point it’s not clear if alcohol played a role in the crash.

West Goshen Township police are investigating.

BLOG: Remembering Ryan “Dunn Was The Dude”

Reported by Jessica McWilliams, CBS Philly

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  • Dallas Tharp / Tex

    RIP Gunners Mate 2nd Class Zach Hartwell!! From all your shipmates off of the USS Detroit. RIP my friend, we have the watch!

  • Firepower


  • sumunownguy

    Wow, another idiot with too much car, too little intellect and too much alcohol has killed someone. Too bad, I guess. My condolences to the family for it is always hard to lose a loved one.

  • John

    Another high performance car with a low performance driver. What a shame.

  • Sick of Philly

    I’ve been around a long time and have had to say goodbye to too many young people. I don’t know this fellow but these fast cars and alcohol on some of these back PA roads are a terrible shame. Go drink in someone’s back yard but stay away from the cars, please young people, don’t drive after the bar, it’s crushing to see young people die for no reason.


    Live on the edge, and sometimes you fall off. Very sad that this happened and two lives lost.

  • R Whit

    @CBS Philly did you really post this link with a link about the beer pong championship as the number 2 story?

  • John Depta

    CBS proved itself once again to be a politalcal hack and full of self hate. CBS Shame on you, shame on you exectives for allowing this story to run. Was Dunn untimely end forseeable? Who care CBS a man lost his life, a Mother, Father, Friends and family lost a loved one. We live in the United States Of America if you like it or not!!! Bottem line he is entitled to earn his living and live his life how he sees fit. Have a heart CBS say what I am going to. To Ryans family, friends and fans we are so sorry for your loss. Ryan was a great man who will live forever on the big screen. He will be truely misssed, so Ryan RIP.

  • Natasha BGeazie Derricott-Kelley

    R.I.P. Ryan Dunn. To all of those with the poor judgement to post jokes and talk about him, shame on you. He just past have you no compassion at all? No matter how he lived or what he did hours before…he is got now. Show some respect to him, his family, and friends. To his and the unknown passengers family and friends…I’m sorry for your lost and they will be missed.

  • Luciano Gomes

    RIP Dunn… We’ll miss you

  • Joshua Michael Bend

    Correction. “Matthew”

  • DMR

    Very poor taste. Not funny at all

    • Skeptic

      You’re advocating good taste on behalf of RYAN DUNN? Do you understand irony?

  • shel269

    just because he had a drink, doesn’t mean he was drunk. RIP Ryan, you were hilarious. You shall be missed.

  • drew

    twitter a pic of you drinking then die 4 hours later in a fiery crash. its sad he killed his passenger. its not sad he died while risking other peoples lives.

  • Michelle

    Im so sorry to hear that……

  • Jackson

    Rest easy Dunn. We’ll miss you.

  • Dodie

    RIP Ryan, Thanks for all the great laughs!!! To some of us you are a tragic loss, you did funny stuff just to make some of us in this world laugh and if making some of us laugh in this world is such a horrible thing, then so be it!! No matter how you did it. You’ll be sadly missed in this house!!! RIP Ryan

  • april

    Thanks for the years of laughing til i cried…Rest easy Dunn

  • http://haltingarkansasliberalswithtruth.com/2011/06/20/mtv-star-ryan-dunn-killed-this-morning-in-car-wreck/ MTV Star Ryan Dunn killed this morning in car wreck « HaltingArkansasLiberalswithTruth

    […] and Steve” radio show to report the death. Twitter messages also contained links to a local CBS Philadelphia story about a 3 a.m. accident that killed two unnamed men along West Goshen’s Route 322, as well […]

  • unknown

    this was one of my fav people i named my son Bam Ryan, now Ryan has passed on.. RIP you will be missed

    • cxd207

      I feel sorry for your son.

      • gaga

        So do I. You’re a true idiot, unknown.

  • Jamie McVicker

    I just saw him on Minute to Win it last night. My last memory of him will be him trying to win money for a charity.

  • Susan Ludwig

    One of thise who lost thier life is Ryan Dunn..RIP

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