A pair of Edmonton residents were lucky they and others were unhurt Sunday when the luxury sports car they were travelling in lost control on Highway 99 in South Surrey.
Police were called just after 11:30 a.m. Dec. 21, after a northbound 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago spun off of the road just past the 152 Street overpass and caught fire.
“We found at the scene, the 27-year-old driver, male, with 19-year-old female passenger, both from Edmonton, Alta., standing outside the vehicle, uninjured,” Cpl. Bert Paquet said Monday.
“It could’ve been a lot worse, for sure.”
According to witnesses, one of whom caught the incident on a dash-mounted camera, the Lamborghini was travelling at a high speed, with a Dodge Viper close behind, just before the crash. The Lamborghini lost control while attempting to pass. It came to rest against a tree, and Surrey firefighters were called to put out the flames.
Paquet said that while police do not believe the two vehicles were racing, “the Dodge Viper following the Lamborghini was definitely displaying the same kind of driving behaviour.”
He did not know if the Lamborghini driver was the registered owner of the vehicle. Regardless, the 27-year-old received “an early Christmas present by the attending officer,” in the form of charges under the Motor Vehicle Act – speeding, driving without due care and attention and unsafe lane change – and associated fines totalling around $700.
The car itself likely cost much more. Online, the price for the same-year model runs around $200,000, depending on mileage. New, the base version of the sports car retails for upwards of $350,000.
Paquet said the Viper driver did not wait around for police.
He described dash-cam footage such as that seen from Sunday’s incident as becoming more and more common.
“In this case, it produced wonderful video evidence of driving behaviour and the consequences of it,” Paquet said.