Lamborghini crash in UK kills father who took his son for a birthday spin

Graham Padmore, 58, thought he would give his son Mark, 21, a cerebral palsy sufferer, a birthday treat of a lifetime. For this, he hired a £150,000 ($235,382 or Rs 1.30 crores) Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and took his son for a spin in the sportscar on an empty airstrip of Woodford Aerodrome at Stockport. Without realizing the dangers of driving at high speeds, Graham started driving the Lamborghini at 100 mph (160 kmph) on the empty road.

In doing so, he lost control of the vehicle, hurling the Lambo off the runway, which then flipped upside down and landed in the garden of a nearby house. Graham suffered severe head injuries while his son Mark fortunately escaped with only a few minor injuries. Sgt Danny Byrne, Greater Manchester Police, said: “We believe the vehicle was being driven at a high speed and it is likely the driver may have lost control.”

Adam Jones, 37,  was nearby when the mishap took place. He told Manchester Evening News: “There were a dozen police cars on the airfield which, considering it has been closed for a year, I thought was a bit strange. I got out of my car and in the garden was an up-turned Lamborghini with about half-a-dozen police officers standing near it. I’m surprised anyone got out of that car because it was so badly mangled and upside down. It seemed to have jumped over a ditch and into the back garden. To be honest, I assumed it had been a high-speed chase. Now it turns out it wasn’t like that. It was a tragic accident.”

Graham and Mark

After fighting for life in the hospital for days, Graham finally succumbed to his injuries. He is now survived by his wife and four children including Mark. His family said: “Graham was a loving, doting husband and father of four to Claire, Helen, Catherine and Mark. He lived for his family and friends. On Monday 25th June he was treating his son, Mark, to a ride in a Lamborghini for his 21st birthday, which was typical of Graham, when this tragic accident occurred. He just wanted to be with his family and see them happy. We will miss him dearly but he will live with us forever in whatever we do.” A police investigation is underway to find out what exactly went wrong that day.

Aerial view of Woodford Aerodrome at Stockport

Earlier this year in India as well, a Lamborghini had crashed at high speeds, killing its driver and paralyzing a cyclist. Driving at dangerous speeds, not only puts your own life at risk, but of others as well. No matter how good the safety features are, no car in the world comes with a life guarantee. The number of lives killed due to road accidents is increasing every year. According to WHO, “Worldwide, an estimated 1.2 million people are killed in road crashes each year (3287 a day) and as many as 50 million are injured (136,986 a day). Projections indicate that these figures will increase by about 65% over the next 20 years unless there is new commitment to prevention.”

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Technology is trying to help us reduce the number of road accidents. In the future, there will be, cars which can see and stop itself from colliding with an oncoming object, or self driven cars which will be able to connect with other cars over a network and prevent accidents intelligently. But until then, it is upto us to prevent road accidents. Drive Safe.