An 18-year-old teen from New York was driving his friend’s Lamborghini on Friday when the pair crashed into a guardrail. The teen appears to have been speeding, and lost control of the high-powered sports car. The crash claimed his life.
Writes The Associated Press: “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 said that excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.”
The crash occurred early Friday morning on a rural country road in Mount Sinai. The teen and his older family friend, 49-year-old Michael Power, were driving the 2010 Lamborghini, similar to the one seen in the picture above, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday. Shepard was at the wheel when he lost control on a curve and slammed into a guardrail. The entire front section of the vehicle was sheared off in the crash.
Power was treated at Stony Brook University Hospital and released.
Det. Fitzharris said the teen, a recent graduate of Mount Sinai High School, jumped at the chance to drive the one-of-a-kind sportscar.
“I think it was probably just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kid, and this man chose to give him this opportunity,” Fitzharris said, adding that he would suspect their speed “was excessively fast.”
Father Gene Shepard said his son’s favorite car was the Lamborghini. He told Newsday.com that Sam had already mapped out his future – his son was accepted into the elite Army Rangers and was scheduled to begin training in October. He wanted to serve as a police officer when he got out of the service.
Gene owns Good Shepard Autobody in Port Jefferson Station, and said his son had a love for automobiles.
“Since he’s a kid, he’s been around cars,” Shepard Sr. said. “He was a very talented kid with his hands. He always helped me at the shop… He used to see his dad was working hard, and he’d pick up tools and start helping.”
“I’m numb,” the grieving father said.