Jerry Seinfeld is lucky to be alive.
The funnyman survived unscathed a frightening car wreck in the Hamptons last weekend after the brakes suddenly failed on the vintage Fiat he was driving, causing the vehicle to flip over. (View the police report.)
According to the authorities, Seinfeld was motoring by himself along Skimhampton Road in East Hampton when the harrowing accident occurred at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday.
The 53-year-old comic's car was headed directly toward a busy Montauk Highway when he lost control, forcing him to swerve drastically to the right to halt the 1967 Fiat BTM's momentum.
"He attempted his brakes which failed forcing him to pull his emergency brake and cut the wheel to avoid traffic," read the police report.
The two-door sedan rolled over onto its passenger side, then the roof, before coming to rest just several feet shy of the other vehicles at an intersection on the driver's side.
"His actions probably avoided a serious accident," East Hampton police Chief Todd Sarris told the New York Post.. "I think he was a little shaken up, with justification."
Officers responding to the scene chalked up the crash to mechanical failure, and no summonses were issued.
Seinfeld's wife, Jessica Seinfeld, told the paper the Bee Movie star walked away "without a scratch" and a friend picked him up and drove him back home to his East Hampton estate.
"He was a little shocked when he walked in and it started to dawn on him what happened," she said. "I was extremely relieved and grateful, and I'm feeling very lucky that nothing happened."
Seinfeld—a devoted gearhead who supposedly owns nearly 50 Porsches and keeps many of them parked in a multimillion-dollar Manhattan garage he finished renovating four years ago—laughed off his scary ordeal as if it were just another punchline.
"Because I know there are kids out there, I want to make sure they all know that driving without braking is not something I recommend, unless you have professional clown training or a comedy background, as I do," he joked. "It is not something I plan to make a habit of."
At least his sense of humor is intact.