Speeding Lamborghini Driver Crashes, Burns, Outside Temecula

His face was burned and he was airlifted to University of California San Diego burn center, CHP officials said.

A man allegedly traveling at more than 100 miles per hour in a Lamborghini on the 15 Freeway near Fallbrook was in the hospital Sunday following a crash that set the car on fire and burned him.

The crash was reported about 11:15 p.m. on the northbound Interstate 15, just north of Fallbrook and about 15 miles south of Temecula, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, a 35-year-old San Marcos resident, may have been drinking before the crash, CHP officials said.

He suffered major injuries -- including burns to his face -- and was airlifted to a San Diego burn center, CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

The 2008 sports car drifted from the right lane across the freeway and into the center median, Bettencourt said; the vehicle was split in half and caught fire.

The crash was under investigation.

Brenda October 07, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Jeeesus, thank god he didnt hit anyone else, and he is alive. Hopefully if he was drunk, he remembers this wreck and doesnt drink again. :/ 100mph is not considered fast through there, everyone is flying past us grannies at least 10-20mph over the speed limit. :/
JAH October 07, 2012 at 08:41 PM
100mph is actually very fast many models will cut off the engine at that speed. What an ASSHOLE to be putting so many other lives at risk!! Thank God my daughter worked a later shift today, she could have been hit by him!
Lash LaRue October 07, 2012 at 09:34 PM
He was driving only 15mph more that the flow of traffic. I drove to SD yesterday with my cruise contrl set @75 and I was getting pasted by eveyone even some guy in a pickup truck towing a giant toy hauler.
Paul October 07, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Dinking and driving??? Well he got what he deserved, Burns are much more painful then diying.
Mr. Temecula October 08, 2012 at 12:25 AM
No one deserves to be burned. Your a fool for making such a statement!
Net October 08, 2012 at 01:13 AM
It's a good thing that this guy didn't end up hurt or killing anyone other than injuring himself.
TVOR October 08, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Lets hope theis guy learned his lesson.
drg October 08, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Road debris? 100 in a lambo is 60 in a Taurus. A performance car like that handles that speed without issue - handling, braking - same if not better than your average vehicle traveling the speed limit. Could be serious driver impairment (passing out) - or a car failure (tire blowout, road debris, etc) would be my guess... or another driver pissed a Lambo passed him at 100?. Odd. Very fortunate other drivers were not hurt.
Adrian October 08, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Paul, exactly how does one "diy"?
Brenda October 08, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Yep Yep Lash, same here. Its the worse when a group of motorcycles or rice burner cars are going together and do the in and out either all together or one after another in bumper to bumper. I just know I am going to end up seeing someone pulled over or crashed further up the road.
Brenda October 08, 2012 at 07:47 AM
drg, article says he may have been drinking.
Brenda October 08, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Paul, I am not sure that came out the way you meant it hun. Typing while in the pool or BBQing?
Brenda October 08, 2012 at 08:06 AM
TVOR, learns his lesson to stop drinking all together or stop drinking and driving? Cant wait to find out what his level was if he was drinking. I ask TVOR, because if he is an alcoholic he has to realize he is one first, then make the move to stop drinking. Before he will learn his lesson and not drink and drive. Now if he hasnt come to that point, and he is or isnt a alcoholic, he wont stop, even if he was burned. Just seems the more people I know don't change anything, or learn a lesson, no matter what they have done because of booze until they are ready. Booze is an even huge problem for those that do not drink much, and then drive. and DRG, we dont know if that 8 yr old car has been properly maintenanced which you know is constant to keep it balanced and fine tuned, especially the steering. Every little bump on that low profile knocks out the alignment daily. They are seriously a monthly alignment car, brakes, bushings, all that steering stuff, that low, that heavy in the front. Could be a combo of booze, and some car issues, or debris which doesnt take much for a car that low to send the driver into a panic, like a pebble at Laguna Seca.
Eleanor Rigby October 08, 2012 at 08:27 AM
This guy passed me and my friend going almost 150, he shook my entire car. His lights were not on. He had to swerve quickly to avoid hitting a car in front of him after that and that's when he lost control and started spinning across the freeway lanes and then bam! a huge explosion. My friend parked the car, I called 911 and handed the phone to some man and sprinted to the burning car to make sure he was okay. Pretty sure he was incredibly intoxicated. . . he smelled of alcohol (unless that was just something burning) and couldn't talk without slurring all his words. The man I handed the phone too ran over eventually after he saw me having some trouble and helped me move the man away from the car as we were afraid another explosion would take place. It didn't really dawn on me until I reached the car how pissed off at him I was. I jeapordized my own safety to save this inconsiderate asshole! not the smartest move on my part, but I'm glad no one was hurt. I was surprised to see him in one piece when I ran to the car, I thought for sure he was going to be scattered across the road. Quite a relief to see him okay, just badly burned. Definitely my scariest moment on the freeway!
Brenda October 08, 2012 at 08:36 AM
Ahh makes sense Eleanor, and thanks for sharing your story of what happened. 150 mph seems more like it too. Its a miracle you were able to get this man away from the burning car safely and you are commended for that. Even though at the same time you put yourself at risk trying to save his alsdjflsjdflskdjfljds ass. As far as him being in one piece, they always say that about a drunk driver because they are so relaxed they are like gumby and just flop around, and nothing gets broken or hurt. Out of all the people flying past me in all my years, thinking oh God he is going to eat it up the road or be pulled over there has been only one time it actually happened. Motorcycle probably in the 125 range, next 10 miles up or so, had laid it down for some reason slid and cut off foot above his ankle with the boot on. :/ Its something you will never forget and relive it next time someone else speeds past you like that Eleanor.
Lisa October 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Eleanor I too was there he had just cut me off and I was so shaken up. Two seconds later I witnessed his horrific crash. The police made me stay at the scene to be a witness in the report. I am so Greatful to God that no one else was hurt but I also felt anger at him for putting all our lives in danger. He was going at least 150 mph.
Italo Domani October 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Reminds me of what my grandfather told me so many times when he was teaching me how to drive; son, if you drive like hell, you'll get there.
Jason October 08, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Until it can be confirmed he was drunk people should not say he was. Perhaps he had a bottle in a bag under the passenger seat for transport that got broken and caused the smell. the in ability to talk could be caused from head trauma (concussion) caused by impact. What is known for sure. He was speeding and lost control resulting in a crash and causing him to get burned and destroying a machine that runs from 250k to 500k. It's a sad day all around.
Eleanor Rigby October 08, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I agree with the statement I left about him being drunk. I told myself that although I believed him to be intoxicated, there was a chance he broke a bottle in the car, or perhaps his head was so badly injured he came off as being intoxicated. I apologize for not addressing all reasonable explanations and thank you for being the devils advocate in this instance! But yes, the experience was traumatizing, and I hope to God I never witness another incident like that again. I will be telling my children this story!
Diana October 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Kudos for you Eleanor and reaching out to another human being no matter what the circumstance you were there!! Theres not many that would do that, you are a true hero!!
TVOR October 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Brenda, I was referring to driving recklessly but if the guy is an alcoholic then it is clearly a far more complicated situation. Either way I hope he no longer puts others in danger.
Alli October 09, 2012 at 04:18 AM
He was drunk, trust me.
Brenda October 12, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Very true Italo, and that will be one I will be sharing, thank you.


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