Maverik's Joe Schmo to Lambo Winner Crashes Grand Prize
SANTAQUIN, Utah -- Six hours after getting the keys to a brand-new Lamborghini -- courtesy of adventure-themed convenience store chain Maverik Inc. -- a local resident ended up in a field instead of on the road.
David Dopp, a truck driver for Frito-Lay, won Maverik's "Joe Schmo to Lambo" contest in mid-November. The announcement was made during halftime at the Brigham Young University vs. Idaho Vandals football game. The car is valued at more than $300,000, as CSNews Online previously reported.
Dopp picked up the lime green Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster LP640 on Dec. 17. According to inSantaquin.com, he crashed the car around 7 p.m. that same day while cruising around town with a friend. Neither Dopp nor his passenger were injured.
As reported, Dopp was driving northbound in Santaquin on South Ridge Farms Road between the Kars gas station and The Big Red Barn when the car spun out of control, sending the Lamborghini into a field west of the road. Dopp said he might have hit a patch of black ice or gravel.
"We came around that corner and just started spinning," he recalled.
Police said the accident happened just after dark, and a witness said he saw the Lamborghini sitting off the road in the field before the cops arrived. A witness, Miles Davis from Santaquin, said the skid marks from the car were visible on the road and that the car seemed to have landed facing the opposite direction from the way the vehicle had been traveling, the news outlet reported.
According to police, the car spun out of control and went over a curb before coming to rest in a field 75 feet off the road embankment. Santaquin Police Officer Allen Hansen told inSantaquin News that alcohol was not a factor and that the accident was likely "speed-related." Dopp reportedly told Santaquin Police he was going 40 to 50 mph before he lost control. The posted speed limit is 35 mph on that section of road. Although Dopp was not cited for the incident, a case will be submitted to the courts to review possible charges. According to a status on Dopp's Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. that day, he had been contacted by the police about driving too fast prior to the accident. "Just had Santaquin Police called on me for driving to[sic] fast. SORRY!!!!:)" he wrote.
Damage to the car includes a puncture in the oil pan from a fence post, damage to the rear bumper, and exterior scratches.
The car is heading to Las Vegas where Lamborghini specialists will determine the costs of the damages. Dopp said the car is fully insured.
"To all my true friends out their [sic] in Facebook town, I did actually wreck the Lambo but it is all good we have insurance and no one was hurt. We are keep [sic] our thoughts positive about everything. Thanks for the concern and well wishes," he wrote on Facebook Dec. 20.