At the time of the incident, Tavon Watson was taking racing advice from Terry, who had been sitting in the front seat when the man who had been offered a driving gift voucher for his 24th birthday plowed the $220K automobile into a guardrail.
Pursuant to the accident, both men were rushed to nearby Celebration Hospital with Gary Terry a father of one mortally succumbing to his injuries whilst Watson remains in a stable condition.
The day out at the track had been a present from Tavon Watson’s wife, who had just hours before posted a picture of himself on Facebook next to a red Ferrari on the tarmac.
Wrote the birthday boy: ‘Guess who’s driving a Ferrari 458 Italia LSTRF today?’
Adding: ‘That’s right that’s right. I ma drive all the cars they have in one day. Because I’m a gangsta like that. Lol.’
Driving days at the track start at $99 and can cost as much as $2,500 for a full race experience with in-car video.
Offered Petty Holdings LLC, the track operator who had employed Terry as operations manager: ‘On behalf of everyone in the organization, it is with a very heavy heart that we extend our deepest sympathies to those involved in today’s tragic accident in Orlando.’
Reiterated Disney spokesperson Andrea Finger: ‘We offer our deepest sympathies to those involved in today’s tragic accident.’
Ironically the Exotic Driving Experience along with its sibling track, the Richard Petty Driving Experience, was slated to close this summer at Disney World for unrelated reasons.
At present it is not necessarily understood how the driver lost control of the Lamborghini and why he may have failed to heed driving instructions from his co passenger and driving instructor, Gary Terry. Commentators on the web have also since questioned the wisdom of allowing inexperienced drivers to man such high powered vehicles…
And then there were these comments on the web that caught my attention:
I did this driving experience about a year ago, and you sign about 15 waivers and they even tell you during the check in process that even if everything goes right, there is still a chance of accidents/death.
I live 10 minutes from Disney and go by this track at least once a week – you can hear the cars zooming around the track. I too was surprised that they opened this attraction and am surprised that they were able to get insurance.