A truck driver in Salt Lake City won a Lamborghini worth about $300,000 in a convenience store contest. However, he did not enjoy the prize long, because six hours later he crashed the sports car. He says he now plans to sell the 640-horsepower convertible because he can’t afford the insurance or taxes.
“I already had offers on it. I’m going to sell it,” David Dopp said in an interview Wednesday. “I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I’ve got a family to support.”
Dopp is a 34-year-old truck driver for Frito-Lay spun out of control just a few hours after winning the contest in a “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest sponsored by Maverik convenience stores.
The lime green convertible was being at a Utah towing yard held by his insurance company. The insurance company said the lambo will be sent to an authorized Las Vegas dealer for repairs next week.
Dopp told the Associated Press the damage “isn’t super bad” — a punctured oil pan and tire, and a few dents and scratches on the front and rear ends. The father of six said he couldn’t afford the $7,000 a year insurance payment or to pay taxes on the car.
“That’s why rich people own them,” he said. “The poor people like me don’t.”
Dopp was taking family members and friends on joy rides the first night he had the car. He said he took a curve at about 45 mph and “hit some black ice and spun out.” The lime green sports car jumped a curb and went through a fence before coming to a rest about 75 feet off the road. Thankfully, neither Dopp nor his passenger was injured.
Authorities said the Lamborghini’s high-performance summer tires weren’t suited for icy conditions and the car is simply too powerful — and exceptionally light with carbon fiber body parts. Police did not issue Dopp a ticket.
Dopp said Maverik listed the Lamborghini’s value at $358,000, but because it’s a 2008 model that had 1,500 miles on the odometer, he believes the value is closer to $300,000. If you are interested, he said he is willing to sell it for less after the body shop fixes it.
By: Pete Strom, South Carolina Accident Lawyer