A Lamborghini driver accused of running over and killing a 15-year-old schoolgirl outside a Chinese restaurant previously boasted about his supercar on YouTube.
Sophia Naismith, 15, was killed instantly when the luxury car, with the licence plate ‘PSYKO’, hit her on Morphett Road in Adelaide just before 10pm on Saturday.
It is alleged the driver of the $328,000 vehicle careered onto the footpath before hitting Sophia and her friend and crashing into the front door of the House of Tien restaurant.
Sophia died at the scene while her friend Jordyn Callea sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Flinders Medical Centre.
The driver of the supercar, a 37-year-old man from Elizabeth North known only as Alex, previously bragged about the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 online.
The driver who ‘lost control of his vehicle and killed a 15-year-old schoolgirl outside a Chinese restaurant’ had previously boasted about his supercar in extraordinary YouTube video
The car which can travel from 0km/h to 100km/h in as little as 3.4 seconds, has featured heavily on YouTube.
In one video the owner filmed the day he purchased the car, and can he heard saying: ‘Oh my god, it’s not real. It doesn’t feel real.’
In a second clip he exclaims: ‘I’d say if [the car] had wings it would probably fly.’
It’s understood the driver was in the car with his wife at the time of the crash.
When approached by 9News, Alex’s wife described the incident as a ‘freak accident’ and said her husband had been driving within the speed limit.
She also noted her husband was ‘not in a good state’ following the crash.
Prior to the incident, the alleged Lamborghini driver is believed to have attended the Wintertime Show and Shine car event, located just 3km away from the crash scene.
Sophia Naismith, 15, was killed instantly when the luxury car, with the license plate ‘PSYKO’, hit her on Morphett Road in Adelaide just before 10pm on Saturday
The car, which can travel from 0 to 100km per hour in as little as 3.4 seconds, has featured on YouTube
Pictures of the crash show the wreckage, with its airbags deployed, after it had smashed into the building.
Major crash investigators attended the scene and the driver was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing injury by dangerous driving.
Since Sophia’s death, many of her friends and family have paid tribute to the keen volleyball player.
School friend Daisy Page, 16, said Sophia and the other teenager injured in the crash had been best friends.
She said the pair were ‘inseparable’ and the ‘nicest girls’.
‘They always put other people before themselves. [They were] really caring, funny and really good at everything,’ she told The Advertiser.
Since her death friends of Sophia (pictured) have paid tribute to her, saying she always put others first
The driver of the vehicle is understood to have lost control and careered onto the footpath, hitting the two girls before crashing into the House of Tien restaurant
Piper Window, who attended the same school as Sophia (pictured), described her as ‘really caring’ as well as ‘smart and ‘sporty’
‘We’ll always remember all the happy memories we had of her,’ Ms Page said.
Piper Window, who attended the same school as Sophia, described her as ‘really caring’ as well as ‘smart and ‘sporty’.
‘Her family is really close. They’re always together,’ Piper said.
Many of Sophia’s friends have also taken social media to pay their respects to the ‘gorgeous girl’.
‘Rest In Peace gorgeous girl,’ one wrote.
Another close friend said: ‘[Rest] easy beautiful soph, thank you for always managing to put a smile on my face. [I] love you more than you’ll ever know, i miss you already. [I’ll] remember your face forever, fly high baby.’
‘My thoughts and love are with you and your family rest easy,’ a third wrote.
Sophia tragically died at the scene while her best friend was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Flinders Medical Centre
Owner of the House of Tien restaurant (pictured) Kiet Tran said he had been cleaning the restaurant when he heard a loud ‘bang’
Owner of the House of Tien restaurant Kiet Tran said he had been cleaning the restaurant when he heard a loud ‘bang’.
He said after the car crash he and the driver immediately went to check on the girls, but sadly he knew one had died instantly.
The 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2:
The car can travel from 0km/h to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds
It has a multi-function steering wheel with phone and audio controls
The car also has electric power assisted steering and a selectable driving mode
It also had factory extras which include: parking sensors, painted brake calipers and sports upgrade exhaust with optioned tips
It has protective features including: side airbags, passenger airbag, brake assist and driver airbag
Source: Car Sales Advert
Mr Tran said he and the driver then waited for the emergency services to arrive at the scene.
He added the female passenger who had been in the Lamborghini was in ‘shock’ and had been ‘crying and yelling’.
Mr Tran also offered his condolences to Sophia’s family.
The 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 was recently listed for sale.
‘This has been by far one of the best super cars I’ve owned’ and advertised it for a price of $328,888,’ the previous owner wrote in an online listing.
‘The car has been cared for to the highest degree from the wrap since new to being cleaned after every drive,’ he said.
The owner noted there was ‘no real reason’ for selling the car, other than he was looking to ‘try something else’.
South Australia Police said the latest crash brought the state’s road toll to 59 – almost double what it was this time last year at 36.
The driver was given bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on July 31.
The 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 was recently listed for sale. The previous owner said it was ‘one of the best super cars’ they had ever owned
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