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India hotel valet crashes Lamborghini into wall $335,000 worth of damages caused to car

NEW DELHI, July 10, (AFP): A valet at a five-star hotel in the Indian capital caused $335,000 worth of damage to a Lamborghini Gallardo after crashing it into a concrete wall in front of horrified guests, a report said Thursday.

A photograph of the aftermath at Le Meridien hotel, published in the Times of India newspaper, showed the severely crumpled front end of the sleek white supercar with its hood forced up. “The car had been parked by valets a number of times before,” a friend of the owner, Nipun Miglani, told the newspaper, adding that the Italian-made speedster was driven to the hotel last Thursday by the owner’s cousins.

A police case has been filed against Le Meridien, which has refused to accept responsibility, as well as the valet, named as Arun Kumar. The owner claims the repairs were estimated at 20 million rupees ($335,000). CCTV footage reportedly showed the valet bring the car from the parking area to the porch of the multistorey hotel, which hosts several glitzy restaurants and a bar, and then briefly get out. After climbing back behind the wheel, he then lurches forward inexplicably, sending a colleague diving for cover before piling head-on into the wall, injuring himself in the process.

The rear-wheel-drive Gallardo, named after a type of fighting bull, is capable of a top speed of around 200 miles an hour (321 kms an hour) and has an engine packing more than 550 brake horsepower.

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