Teen taking Lamborghini test drive dies in crash

August 30, 2014 - 10:04 AM
Test Drive Crash

This still image taken from video shows the scene of an early morning crash in Mount Sinai, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Police say 18-year-old Samuel Shepard was taking the car for a spin on a county road in Mount Sinai on Long Island early Friday when he lost control. The car's owner, Michael Power, was a passenger in the car and was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. Det. Sgt. Michael Fitzharris says that excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. (AP Photo/Newsday, Ed Betz) MANDATORY CREDIT TO NEWSDAY NYC LOCALS OUT

MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. (AP) — A New York teen taking a test drive of a family friend's Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail.

Police say 18-year-old Samuel Shepard was taking the car for a spin on a county road in Mount Sinai on Long Island early Friday when he lost control. The car's owner, Michael Power, was a passenger in the car and was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Det. Sgt. Michael Fitzharris tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1vUWXaU) that excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Of the test drive, Fitzharris says, "I think it was probably just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kid, and this man chose to give him this opportunity."

Shepard's father, Gene, tells the newspaper that Lamborghinis were his son's favorite car.

___

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com