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by Tim Beissmann

A US truck driver has crashed a $380,000 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster just hours after winning it in a shopping centre raffle.

David Dopp was taking his family for joy rides in the 471kW lime green supercar when he “hit some black ice and spun out”, jumping a kerb and ploughing through a fence.

The 34-year-old from Salt Lake City told Associated Press the damage “isn’t super bad”, escaping with only a punctured wheel and oil pan, and front and rear panel scratches. No-one was hurt in the crash.

Police from Salt Lake City said the Murcielago’s low-profile tyres were not suited to the icy conditions and believe the car was simply too powerful. No charges were laid.

Despite enjoying only six hours with his Italian supercar, Dopp said he would be forced to sell it, as he doesn’t have the money for repairs or to pay the ongoing insurance fees, which cost US$7000 every six months.

“I already had offers on it. I’m going to sell it,” Dopp said. “I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I’ve got a family to support.”

Unfortunately, the father of six never got the chance to enjoy his Lambo with the second part of the prize: US$5000 of driving lessons at Miller Motorsports Park. Dopp concedes he will drive more safely in the future.




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