I-Team: Driving instructor's family files lawsuit against SpeedVegas

LAS VEGAS - A wrongful death lawsuit is accusing a Las Vegas race track of fraud and negligence in connection with a fiery crash that took two lives.

The complaint stems from a Feb. 12 crash at SpeedVegas. It names owners and principals of the track, as well as one of the best known automobile companies in the world.

The suit levels allegations against the track, its owners, designers and employees, as well as Lamborghini America, the race car manufacturer.

The lawsuit was filed by the family of professional driver Gil Ben-Kely, one of two people killed in the crash at SpeedVegas. Ben-Kely and Canadian tourist Craig Sherwood died in a blaze of smoke and flames after a Lamborghini Aventador slammed into a concrete wall. According to the lawsuit, Ben-Kely was injured but still alive when the fire engulfed the car, burning both men beyond recognition.

Among the allegations in the lawsuit:

--That SpeedVegas encouraged inexperienced drivers to push powerful races cars as fast as possible

--That the track was improperly designed for cars that can reach speeds of 200 miles per hour

--That employees had complained avout the track's design, in particular, the dangers of at Turn 1, the spot where the Fenruary crash occurred.

--That there had been five crashes at SpeedVegas in it first 10 months of operation.

--That maintenance was poor, performed by unqualified mechanics.

--That Lamborchini knew of safety issues with the Avcentador but delayed a recall.

-- And that safey concerns were magnified by the use of cheaper, off the shelf replacement parts, including brakes.

--The sui also slams the parties for re-opening the track soon after the crash, without making changes to improve safety, The law firm, Gentile Cristalli, writes that "SpeedVegas choose profits over the lives of its employees and customers."

Amd the lawsuit notes, the track was built 10 miles from the nearest fire station, yet was only equipped with only hand-held fir extinguishers.

Read the Lawsuit

The I-Team requested a comment from SpeedVegas and were told they have not yet had the time to review the suit.

 

 

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