One person died, and one was slightly injured, after the driver of an Audi R8 “supercar” lost control of the vehicle in wet and rainy conditions in New Taipei City yesterday, November 27.
The 28-year-old driver, named Huang, was taking a 21-year-old female friend, named Weng, to have dinner in Taipei City when he lost control of the 602 horsepower performance coupe, and crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Kangning Street and Cuifeng Street in Xizhi District, shortly before 4:00 pm.
Witnesses described hearing the engine roar before the car began to skid and go sideways on the rain-soaked road.
Dashcam footage from another vehicle caught the dramatic moment the engine caught fire and quickly spread along a stream of leaking fuel just moments after the accident. Huang is seen crawling out of the passenger-side door before dragging the limp, unconscious Weng out of the burning wreck.
Passersby quickly came to the couple’s assistance. One person dragged Weng further away from the rapidly intensifying fire, while another attacked the flames with a fire extinguisher. Someone held an umbrella over Weng, as she lay in the middle of the road, and others directed traffic around them.
By the time fire department paramedics arrived, Weng had lost vital signs. Weng was rushed to Xizhi Cathay General Hospital the hospital but was declared dead at around 5:00 pm. Huang was treated for a laceration to his ear.
Police from the traffic branch are still investigating the cause of the accident. Huang was tested and found not to be affected by alcohol.
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