An 18 year-old was killed after a family friend let him take his sports car for a test drive.
18 year-old Samuel Shepard, was driving the high-powered Lamborghini down a county road when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guardrail.
The owner of the car, Michael Power, was a passenger in the car at the time of the crash; he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Samuel Shepard, who was from Mount Sinai on Long Island, was rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later. Mr Power is a long-time friend of the Shepard family and had known Samuel since he was four.
Police investigating the crash have said they believe excessive speed was a contributing factor in the accident. Detective Sergeant Fitzharris said: “I think it was probably just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kid, and this man chose to give him this opportunity.”
Gene Shepard, the teenager’s father, said that he had not known about the test drive, but that Lamborghinis were his son’s favourite car: “Since he’s a kid, he’s been around cars. 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.”
Speaking of his son’s selection for the elite Army Rangers whom Samuel was due to join in just over a month: “He had his whole future planned out. He knew exactly what he was going to be doing… I’m numb.”