An Edmonton man involved in a fiery Lamborghini crash in South Surrey 17 months ago has been handed a conditional discharge and a nine-month criminal driving ban.
Adam Shtay, 28, learned his sentence last Thursday in Surrey Provincial Court, seven weeks after pleading guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle in connection with the Dec. 21, 2014 crash.
That morning, motorists on Highway 99 reported to police that a 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago had spun off the road just past the 152 Street overpass and caught fire.
Witnesses – one of whom caught the incident on a dash-mounted camera – said the vehicle had been travelling northbound at a high rate of speed, with a Dodge Viper close behind, just before the crash, and that the Lamborghini lost control while attempting to pass.
It came to rest against a tree.
When police arrived, firefighters were extinguishing the blaze and the Lamborghini’s occupants were standing nearby unhurt. Occupants of another vehicle, a 2013 Dodge Viper, were also at the scene.
Shtay was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act at the time, and was handed fines totaling around $700.
In March of last year, street-racing charges were announced against Shtay and a second man – Surrey resident Joshua Shaun Dally – in connection with the incident.
In announcing the charges, police noted the consequences of such driving “could have been catastrophic.” Investigation determined the vehicles had reached speeds of up to 157 km/h.
According to online court records, Dally pleaded guilty last August to the Motor Vehicle Act offense of excessive speeding relative to conditions.
A second charge against Shtay, of street racing-dangerous operation of motor vehicle, was stayed following last week’s sentence.