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Lamborghini driver doing over 100 mph sustains major injuries when car hits median, is cut in half and catches on fire

Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Issue 40, Volume 16.
Debbie Ramsey
Staff Writer

The California Highway Patrol has reported that a driver of a Lamborghini, who was possibly driving under the influence, sustained major injuries last night when he was traveling at a speed of 100 miles per hour and struck the center median on Interstate 15, just north of Mission Road in Fallbrook.

"After colliding into the center median, the vehicle was cut in half and caught on fire," said Officer Jim Bettencourt of the CHP.

The accident took place Saturday evening, October 6 at approximately 11:19 p.m.

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35-year-old man from San Marcos was driving a 2008 Lamborghini northbound on Interstate 15.

"He allowed his vehicle to travel from the slow lane into the center median," said Bettencourt.

"The driver sustained major injuries including burns to the face," said Bettencourt. "He was transported via air ambulance to UCSD hospital in San Diego."

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 15 were shut down for 20 minutes due to the landing of the air ambulance.

Bettencourt said no other vehicles were involved in the collision.

The incident remains under investigation.



Comment Profile ImageFedup
Comment #1 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 8:29 am
If he was drunk it is to bad he didn't kill himself. If he fell asleep thank goodness he didn't take anyone with him. If was sober, my god help him and his family and Id wish him a speedy recovery.
Comment Profile ImageSemper fi
Comment #2 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 9:51 am
He was traveling in excess of 120 mph when he passed me. I saw him in my rearview mirror weaving in and out of traffic. I own a sports car and was able to guess the vehicle by the lights and lowered profile. When the vehicle passed me all I saw was his rear lights. My comments to my family, wow! Minutes later I approached the scene and the ball of flames on the freeway. When I saw the wide tie laying on the shoulder I new immediately it was the Lamborghini. I pulled over to offer assistance. Others onscene were offering assistance. He was amazed that he walked away; so was I! I own a sports and know what that kind of speed is like. He is lucky to have walked away.
Comment Profile ImageSpace Cadet
Comment #3 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 11:07 am
Well, what do you expect? Thank goodness he didn't hurt someone else!
Comment Profile Imageobservant
Comment #4 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 11:15 am
I didn't know that it took 20 minutes and both southbound and northbound lanes for a helicopter to land. It was either one large helicopter or the authorities were on a power trip.
Comment Profile ImageStuck I traffic
Comment #5 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 11:51 am
20min no way. I got there right after it happened and was stuck for over an hour. Not to mention all cars were turned off during the wait and some idiots were running thru the parked cars to see what happened. I'd compare it to the opening scene of Revolution.
Comment Profile Imagesaw the aftermath
Comment #6 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm
We were coming home from watching Hotel Transylvania (good show by the way), and we came on to the scene of the accident of this guy's burning exotic. I knew right away that it was an exotic sports car (you can just tell), and it was a sight to see. Don't think it had been on fire too long because southbound I-15 was not closed yet. We drove by maybe just a couple of minutes after. I'm surprised he lived to tell about it, but agree, if he was under the influence, he should face the harshest penalty available. That could have been anyone of us!!! Idiot driver either way...sober or under the influence. He showed a total lack of consideration for all, including himself.
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #7 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm
What an *^(&$%$^%!!!! That's just the kind of stupid crud that will make car insurance rates go up. And, just who do you think will be picking up the tab for the air ambulance? and all the responders? Hmmm? I bet you dollars to doughnuts he doesn't have it and we the taxpayers will be footing all the costs for that plus his medical bills. I just bet ya.
Comment Profile ImageIDIOT!
Comment #8 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm
This inconsiderate idiot was jeopardizing the safety of all the other drivers and passengers on the freeway!
Comment Profile Image???
Comment #9 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm
Reality Checker (#7)

Who owns and races around in a Lambo without insurance?

Also, you might consider the necessity of putting out the fire and clearing the scattered parts and checking for possible additional passengers that may be injured before opening up traffic lanes again. I'll never forget the accident that emergency responders left too soon to get traffic going again only to discover nearly a day later a father looking alongside the road and finding his now deceased son that had been thrown in the accident and overlooked. He passed away several hours after the accident alone in the bushes on the side of roadway. Life is short, but come on, better safe than sorry. He's still an idiot, but imagine if you were a first responder and missed a big call for the sake of a few extra moments.
Comment Profile ImageOLD FALLBROOK LOCAL
Comment #10 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm
Have any of you driven I-15 Southbound at 5:00 A:M as the Temeculoids drive 90-100 mph in their Yukons, Suburbans and other SUV,s ? Talk about terrifying!
Comment Profile ImageWe sat in our car over 1 hour!
Comment #11 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm
We saw the aftermath of the accident and the car looked very bad. He was pretty lucky to have survived this accident.
Comment Profile ImageJennifer Hermes-O'Dell
Comment #12 | Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm
I was driving southbound and saw an orange explosion light up the sky and later the car in flames. It looked more like a boat to me. I don't know how anyone could escape something that horrific and survive. I'm relieved that no one was killed.
Comment Profile ImageScary
Comment #13 | Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 1:23 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. I thought he was 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 guy! 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!
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #14 | Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 7:50 am
Do re really need cars that can go 200 MPH
I understand the whole sports car thing -- had a few myself but we simply don't need cars that can go that fast. For one thing they put all others in jeopardy. The average buyer of one of these machines doesn't have the skills to handle the power or the brains not to practice their skills when drinking.
Comment Profile Imagei was there
Comment #15 | Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 8:21 am
I love the comments, I worked this accident, when we came on scene, we were not sure how many people were in the car, if someone was inside still, and were was the driver..we also were not sure if this was going to be a fatality crime scene. so we delay cleaning up the debris until chp say go. also the reasoning for both side of the freeway being shut down was for the air ambulance. these guys against faa regulations dropped in underneath the fog bank and weaved thru powerlines to set down and save someones life. so the next time you are slightly inconvienenced by a road closure, think of this in your prospective as being that person that we are coming to help.
Comment Profile ImageFR86
Comment #16 | Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 9:55 am
Possible Booze, Stupidity, Testosterone and a high powered machine.......... the perfect storm.

Nice flying by the He-Lo Ambulance crew.
Comment Profile Image@I was there
Comment #17 | Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 10:34 am
Do you work for the fire department? If so, how did you pass an oral/written???
Comment Profile Image@ comment 17
Comment #18 | Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm
You are extremely rude!
Comment Profile ImageYou're a smart one
Comment #19 | Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm
@ comment 17.....that's really THE best you had to offer? Amazing, wish I could have a conversation with you. I am amazed, and glad, no one was seriously hurt. Speed DOES kill and I am thankful to all those who responded.
Comment Profile Imagevet and citizen
Comment #20 | Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 12:54 am
sounds as if the car was stolen from the comments that are given by the possible witnesses. I hope VN keeps up posted. Thank God he didn't take out anyone.
Comment Profile Imageknow him
Comment #21 | Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm
the car was not stolen.hes not a bad guy.not to smart to be driving in that manner.i can not defend what he was doing.people drive like a** holes on the 15 I drive the 15 all the time SLOW DOWN we will all get there safe.thanks 99% of you driving fast could NOT control you car, if it gets a flat tire at the speed you are traveling.THINK before you head out. I want to see my family every day and not get killed by you a**s speeding by me.
Comment Profile Imageincluding him
Comment #22 | Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Comment #21 goes to "the driver" that caused this also... another... I know him post: "was not a bad guy", "not too smart", "made a bad decision", when do these "nice guys" ever learn, when they take a life or near take a life, for their irresponsible actions....? He 35, give me a break. I am not taking this out on "know him", rather the driver and any other "nice person, that made a bad decision at the time"...
Comment Profile Imageknow him
Comment #23 | Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm
Comment Profile Imagehuh ?
Comment #24 | Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:54 am
anybody know his name

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