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Teen taking test drive in Lamborghini dies in crash; excessive speed believed a factor

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MOUNT SINAI, New York — A New York teen taking a test drive of a family friend's Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail.

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 tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1vUWXaU) that excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

PHOTO: This still image taken from video shows the scene of an early morning crash in Mount Sinai, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.  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 says that excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.  (AP Photo/Newsday, Ed Betz) MANDATORY CREDIT TO NEWSDAY  NYC LOCALS OUT
This still image taken from video shows the scene of an early morning crash in Mount Sinai, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. 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 says that excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. (AP Photo/Newsday, Ed Betz) MANDATORY CREDIT TO NEWSDAY NYC LOCALS OUT

Of the test drive, Fitzharris says, "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, tells the newspaper that Lamborghinis were his son's favorite car.


Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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