Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Drunk Driving/Speed kills 4 in Dubai Ferrari crash

A prosecutor in Dubai says high speed and drinking were involved in a Ferrari crash that killed a Toronto boxer, his cousin, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and her university roommate.

Salah Bu Farousha, the head of Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution, said all those killed in the crash of the two-seat yellow Ferrari had been drinking.

James Portuondo, 27

Victoria McGrath, Priscilla Perez Torres
Officials in Dubai identified those killed as Canadian boxer Cody Nixon, 24, and his cousin, James Portuondo, 27, Boston bombing survivor Victoria McGrath and her roommate Priscilla Perez Torres.

The crash early Sunday morning near Dubai’s Jumeirah Lake Towers neighbourhood saw the yellow, two-seat Ferrari 458 Spider jump a curb and slam into a pole, splitting the sports car in half. Only 10 minutes earlier, surveillance footage at a nearby hotel caught those involved in the crash hopping into the Ferrari, with the two American women sitting in the passenger seat, the Canadian boxer sitting in the middle and the other man driving, Farousha said.

Cody Nixon
“They lost control of the car,” the prosecutor said. “The road is curved. They were driving at a high speed in a 40-km/h zone. The speed did not match at all the speed limit.”

McGrath had received severe shrapnel injuries to her left leg from the first of two bombs placed near the Boston Marathon finish line. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured in the bombing. Since the bombings, McGrath had worked with disabled children and veterans.