A teenager taking a test drive of a family friend's Lamborghini on Long Island has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail, authorities said.
Samuel Shepard, 18, was taking the car for a spin on a county road in Mount Sinai early Friday when he lost control, police said. The car's owner, Michael Power, was a passenger in the car and was treated for injuries. Power was expected to survive.
Excessive speed was believed to be a factor in the crash, Detective Sgt. Michael Fitzharris told Newsday.
Of the test drive, 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."
Shepard's father, Gene, told the newspaper that Lamborghinis were his son's favorite cars.