A Bugatti supercar owner whose spectacular crash into a Texan lake was caught on video and watched by millions on YouTube has been accused of insurance fraud.
Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company is suing the owner, Andy House, who had upped the Bugatti Veyron EB's insurance from $1.6 million to $2.9 million only weeks before the crash in November 2009, ABC13 reports.
The Texan exotic car dealer told police at the time he had been reaching for his mobile and was distracted by a pelican when he veered off the road.
Video of the incident, recorded from a car travelling alongside the Bugatti on an adjacent road, has been watched more than 2.5 million times.
The 2006 Bugatti Veyron is the fastest road-legal car in the world, with a top speed of 407km/h — and it is also one of the rarest.
Only 200 have been made and the crashed car was one of only 15 imported into the US.
In addition to House upping the insurance, the lawsuit also alleges that eyewitnesses saw no distractions, that the car's engine was unnecessarily damaged because House left it running, and that House approached an anonymous informant in the weeks before the crash about stealing and burning the car.
House's lawyer Russell Smith maintains House was distracted.
"The ultimate evidence at trial will show this was just an accident and that the insurance company after the fact is looking at any and every way to justify not paying on the policy," Mr Smith said.
The case is due to go to trial next year.