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Lamborghini driver killed in fiery crash

California Briefing / WOODLAND HILLS

August 31, 2008|Victoria Kim

The driver of a Lamborghini was killed early Saturday morning in a high-speed, single-car wreck after his vehicle went through a guardrail on the 101 Freeway, crashed into a parking structure and burst into flames, authorities said.

The 30-year-old Calabasas man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball. The man had been badly burned in the crash, Kimball said.

Footage of the aftermath on KABC-TV Channel 7 showed smoke rising from a metal frame and melted steel that was hardly recognizable as a vehicle.

Witnesses reported having seen someone driving recklessly and hearing a loud crash about 2:30 a.m., Kimball said. The car was seen speeding west on the 101 past Topanga Canyon Boulevard just before the incident, he said. Lamborghinis are considered among the world's premier high-performance cars and can cost well into six figures.

The crash caused the closure of two lanes on the westbound 101 for more than six hours. The cause of the wreck was being investigated.

-- Victoria Kim

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