Skip to comments.Murci, Murcy Me: Man wins Lamborghini, wrecks it hours later
Posted on 12/20/2011 4:40:20 PM PST by BenLurkin
Rarely does one person get to experience such highs and lows within mere hours of each other, but when it happens, the comedown is often all the more painful. Just ask Santaquin, Utah resident David Dopp. The Frito-Lay truck driver won a green Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 Roadster, grand prize in the "Joe Schmo To Lambo" contest operated by Maverik gas stations and teamgive.org last month.
Dopp, father of six, was finally presented the car on Saturday afternoon, after which he set about driving it around the neighborhood, giving rides to friends. His elation wouldn't last. Less than six hours after taking delivery of the Lamborghini, Dopp lost control of the 640-horsepower Italian, hopped a curb and spun it into an embankment 75 feet from the road. A witness, Miles Davis (yes, really), said that skid marks were evident on the road and that the car ended up facing the wrong direction. Neither Dopp nor his friend in the passenger seat were injured.
Police say the accident was likely "speed-related," although Dopp reportedly says he was only doing 40-50 mph when he lost control of the car on a section of road with a 35-mph speed limit. Dopp maintains he might have hit some black ice or gravel.
(Excerpt) Read more at autoblog.com ...
He still owes the taxes on it, too.
What a shame.
They have no pic of it after the wreck. The article needs one.
Everyone thinks they are Mario Andretti. Probably 90% of the people who dream of having one of these would have done the same thing.
what a dufus. If I won that ridiculous car I wouldn’t even let them put it in my driveway. Id have it sold before ever even touching the keys.
What a dumb a$$!
He now owes taxes on the crashed car and he is likely to lose his job as a Frito Lay delivery driver.
Anyway, so he wrecked it. BFD. They can fix that sort of thing. Anyway, Dopp probably ain't as dumb as he looks (face it Dopp, ain't nobody that dumb). That "Black Ice" "Gravel" story is priceless. Sue the highway department, why doncha?
After they unbend your Lambo, remember to have a coupla-three cocktails before you drive it again. Kinda steadies you down.
Oh my. It is hard to say what I would have done. I know I would have driven it before sold it. Yet just to hear one is heavenly.
Honest mom, I don't know how that magazine got under my mattress........
Not me, I'd have waited till the first big snow fall just to see how it does in snow.......
Well, there’s yer problem right there. A lift kit and some ka-nobbly tahrs on that bad boy and he’ll handle the snow just fine. That must be the cheap model - I don’t even see a trailer hitch.
Truth is Kenny, that’s a lot of horses under your big toe.
You have to drive it like you have a fresh raw egg between your foot and the gas pedal.
Nothing his local Earl Scheib can’t fix with a little bondon and some ducktape!
Wow!! Hard to believe going over a curb would have rolled it and caused the roof to cave in like that!
“That must be the cheap model - I dont even see a trailer hitch.”
It has a really big class 6 receiver hitch right there in the middle. (^;
It’s a $382.000.00 car and he will have to pay tax on that!
Not sure if that is a gift tax or income tax.
Even better if he did not have it insured.
There we go. That’s not so bad although it’s probably a few $k on a Lamborghini.
The follow-up article at #14 mentions the car was fully insured. That’s a good thing - but the taxes - ouch!
Damn, you had to ruin the story.
??? Think it over... I feel bad for the guy. Wouldn’t you like to get a lucky break?
Yeah....sure....he hit black ice....filthy racist.
This (Ferrari) is the target to aim for. (Luckily the pole was not damaged)
This is what happens when a frito-lay gets behind the wheel. A doritos could have handled that much power.
I have sympathy for the insurance company.
Lambo Murci going 219mph
SSC Ultimate Aero TT doing 256mph.
Bugatti comes back with their Veyron SS and breaks the record at 267mph!
SSC is now going to try and break that record with their 7-speed transmission Tuatara with a projected speed of 276mph. The first ones will be delivered to customers in 2013.
That’s the trouble with Lamborghinis—you can’t just have one.
That’s the trouble with Lamborghinis—you can’t just have one.
Now, you're being naughty...:)
You an say that again!
I hate when that happens!
This was painted ugly Ford Pinto and AMC Gremlin Puke Green!!! I wouldn’t have driven it anywhere and sold it and replaced it with a classic US car.
"the vehicle had full insurance coverage - it is on its way to Las Vegas now where Lamboghini specialists will determine repair costs." - from the article.
I think the reason he says it was black ice or gravel to assure that the insurance company will cover the repairs. That might be in jeopardy if he was speeding. AND his rates, which wouldn’t be high enough with a Lambo, will shoot up in any case. And the value of the car has gone waaaay down for resale purposes.
Dopp’s good luck sure turned fast on him. Poor guy.
This is why welfare doesn’t work in the real world. Taking all the hard earned cash from the rich and giving it to the poor is flushing the nations GDP down the toilet.
If you haven’t driven 600+ HP cars before, don’t! If the Corvette ZR1 didn’t have several self-governing features incorporated into it the average driver couldn’t handle it on the street. This guy should have sold it immediately without driving it. Darwin award.
That’ll buff out...
You’re quite right. That’s a lot of horsies for the average driver to handle. I’m guessing that most people that ~think~ they can... Can’t. Overconfidence and 600HP is an expensive combination.
I get it. Hell, I get in enough trouble with a mere 300 or so horses in my Mustang. I’ve already proven that I can’t be trusted with it. :-)
I hate insurance companies.
I would’ve sold it immediately. I already have 305 horses that are already paid for and that’s enough for me.
Yeah, that kind of power is no joke. I got used to it, but it took some near escapes and just shear dumb luck that I survived. Wound up being a Hell of a driver though, if not totally in disregard of all traffic laws. I did manage to out race a Ferrari Testarrosa in down town two-lane traffic, pole position style, at speeds pressing 110 mph, and hit a top speed of 220 mph on the autobahn.