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Lamborghini crashes on camera

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Veteran drivers know the sight: a hot sports car whipping past them on the highway at twice the speed limit, burning rubber and buzzing like a swarm of angry hornets. It weaves through tight gaps in traffic, cuts off cars and then vanishes in the distance.

That was the sight on Highway 99 near Surrey, B.C. on Sunday, only that streaking sports car lost control during a lane change and ended up in the ditch.

A 27-year-old man is facing $700 in fines and a big hike to his insurance premiums after he totalled his $400,000 Lamborghini Murcielago in a crash on Sunday. The driver told police he lost control when his engine overheated, but dash cam footage shows his car weaving through traffic before the crash.

Dashcam video sent in by a CTV Vancouver viewer shows a Lamborghini weaving in and out of traffic before losing control and spinning off the road.

The video shot by another driver shows the silver Lamborghini racing up the left lane with a black Dodge Viper in hot pursuit. The Lamborghini darts into a gap between two cars to move into the left lane, then appears to spin out as it tries to quickly move back to the right lane. The tires kick up a cloud of smoke and the Lamborghini spins across the lane, then slides over the embankment and out of sight.

What the dash cam didn't show was the Lamborghini plowing into a chain link fence and catching fire.

Witnesses say the Lamborghini and the Viper appeared to be racing.

Police say the driver and his 19-year-old passenger were not injured, and no other vehicles were struck in the incident.

Surrey RCMP have charged the Lamborghini driver with speeding, making unsafe lane changes and driving without due care and attention.

The wrecked Lamborghini Murcielago has a top speed of 341 kilometres per hour.

Luxury street race organizer Thomas Boecker says there are safe, legal ways for sports car drivers to have their fun without putting others at risk.

“If you’re going to push it to the limit, save it for the racetrack,” Boecker said.

His Scenic Rush business offers tourists the chance to drive exotic sports cars on the Sea-to-Sky Highway in B.C.

“Anybody can drive them with a little common sense and maturity,” Bocker said.

He added that the Lamborghini driver might have been able to avoid his crash if he were more practiced behind the wheel.

“Driving experience certainly would have helped him get out of that situation,” Boecker said. “But maturity and common sense would prevent him from getting into it in the first place.”

From CTV Vancouver

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