Suburban crashes into Kemah developer’s Ferrari

KHOU is reporting a two vehicle collision that sent Frans Gillebaard (71) to the hospital. Mr. Gillebaard is a Kemah waterfront developer who sold his restaurants to Landry’s Corp. in 1997. The crash happened around 11:12 AM at FM 517 and state Highway 146 when, according to the report, a 46-year old man traveling in a 1987 Chevy Suburban allegedly ran a red light and collided with Mr. Gillebaard’s Ferrari.  Apparently the crash temporarily trapped Mr. Gillebaard in the wrecked Ferrari and he was freed by San Leon Volunteer Fire Department and transported to UTMB by ground ambulance.

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