ORLANDO, Fla. – A Lamborghini that was part of an exotic car racing attraction at Walt Disney World crashed into a guardrail, killing a passenger and injuring the driver.
The Florida Highway Patrol says Tavon Watson, 24, of nearby Kissimmee lost control of the vehicle Sunday afternoon, killing Gary Terry, 36, of Davenport, Florida.
Sgt. Kim Montes said in an incident report that Watson failed to maneuver the high-powered vehicle through the Exotic Driving Experience course. The vehicle’s passenger side struck the guardrail. Terry died at the scene. Watson was taken to nearby Celebration Hospital, where he was treated and released.
The attraction lets racecar fans be drivers or passengers in luxurious cars such as Lamborghinis, Porsches or Ferraris. For between $200 and $400, customers can drive several laps with a professional driving instructor in the passenger seat. It is located south of the Magic Kingdom parking lots.
A Disney spokeswoman declined comment after the crash.
The track is operated by Petty Holdings, which has other Exotic Driving Experience attractions at speedways in Atlanta, Daytona Beach, New Jersey, Kansas, New Hampshire and Texas.
In a statement, Petty Holdings said: “On behalf of everyone in the organization, it is with a very heavy heart that we extend our deepest sympathies to those involved in today’s tragic accident in Orlando.”
The Exotic Driving Experience, along with its sibling track, the Richard Petty Driving Experience, was slated to close this summer at Disney World for unrelated reasons.
Montes said the crash remains under investigation.