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Millionaire property developer killed after 200mph Pagani Zonda crashes

after spinning out of control

20 August 2012



















£500,000 Pagani Zonda careered off main road in Watford

The driver, in his 50s, thought to have been driving at high speed in 30 mph limit

Driver’s body found 10ft away

Passenger in his 20s walked away from the wreckage


A millionaire property developer was killed when the £500,000 Italian supercar he was driving careered off the road and ploughed into a fence.


William Baranos, who was in his 50s, is believed to have been driving at high speed in a 30mph zone Hartspring Lane at the junction with Berry Grove Lane, Watford, Herts. The front end and doors were torn off when the car hit a metal fence.


The driver, whose body was found 10ft away, was thought not to have been wearing a seat belt. His passenger, a man in his 20s, believed to be a friend of the family, walked away from the wreckage with minor injuries.


Residents described hearing revving, followed by a screech then a ‘massive bang’ when the accident happened at around 6pm on Sunday. The fence remained flat on the ground yesterday with fragments of the car’s bodywork scattered around.


Police and paramedics rushed to the scene of the crash but were unable to help the driver of the high powered vehicle who was declared dead at the scene.


A witness said he had seen the car driving along the same road at high speed the previous day.


‘It would come up towards the roundabout at breakneck speeds and brake hard, go round the roundabout and then fly back the other way,’ he said. ‘ Then [on Sunday night] it was back again but this time it screeched and we heard a massive bang. It seemed to me that the driver had been showing off.


‘The younger person who survived was the driver’s son’s best friend and he must have been showing him the car’s power.’


A local homeowner added: ‘I heard the high revving and then a massive crash.  ‘I came out to see the Zonda in bits in the middle of the road.  ‘The front of the car had disappeared, the doors were off and there wasn’t much of it left.  ‘The car did what it was supposed to because the chassis was still intact.  I’m speculating but the driver must not have been wearing a seat belt because the passenger was and he was fine.’


Hertfordshire Police said the cause of the accident was being investigated.  A police spokesman said officers do not know what caused the car to leave the road.


Gary Sanderson, East of England Ambulance Service spokesman, said crews were called to the route just before 6pm.  "On our arrival a man believed in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics," he said.  "A second casualty, a man believed in his 20s was assessed by paramedics and did not require to go to hospital."


The 7.3-litre engine Zonda was one of just a few hundred made in Modena between 1999 and 2011 by Italian firm Pagani, and was capable of more than 200mph. Some models sell for up to £1.3million.


Source - Daily Mail: click here for full story

Millionaire property developer killed after 200mph Zonda crashes