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Dodge Viper To Be Crushed

DAYTON -- If you love fast cars, especially the Dodge Viper, you better head to Sinclair Community College this week before the automotive department has to crush the classic car.In a statement from The Chrysler Group, LLC: Approximately 10 years ago, Chrysler Group donated a number of Dodge Viper vehicles to various trade schools for educational purposes. As part of the donation process, it is standard procedure -- and stipulated in our agreements -- that whenever vehicles are donated to institutions for education purposes that they are to be destroyed when they are no longer needed for their intended educational purposes. With advancements in automotive technology over the past decade, it is unlikely that these vehicles offer any educational value to students. Chrysler Group fully understands and appreciates the historical significance of the Viper and is very active in preserving many of its legendary models and designs for historic purposes however, none of these vehicles fit into this category. Chrysler Group has no record of any legal proceedings involving Dodge Viper vehicles donated to educational institutions being involved in accidents and product liability lawsuits.Sinclair Instructor and Automotive Department Chairperson Justin Morgan says destroying the Dodge Viper was expected because it's written in the contract between the school and the automaker.We didn't use them all the time for training, they were more of a draw as our show room piece, the students love seeing them, they're not something you can walk down to Walmart and see everyday so they're a neat piece to draw students in and catch their eyes, says Morgan.Sophomore student Caitlinn Courney loves looking at the bright yellow Dodge Viper but never really had the chance to learn from it.We haven't been able to work on it for a long time so it don't really hurt us and it's just seeing it leave is kinda sad, says Courney.
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