LAS VEGAS - A driving instructor with SpeedVegas has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming his employer has ignored ongoing safety issues involving the track and its exotic cars.
According to court documents obtained late today by the I-Team, the employee--a driving instructor at the track-- claims that on Feb. 11, one day before the fiery crash that killed SpeedVegas instructor Gil Ben-Kely and a Canadian tourist named Craig Sherwood, a SpeedVegas mechanic was working on the brakes of the Lamborghini Aventador that carried the men.
On Feb. 12, Sherwood and Ben-Kely crashed into a concrete barrier wall and exploded near Turn 1 on the SpeedVegas Racetrack. Authorities said both men died and were burned until they were unrecognizable.
Court documents reveal, according to the plaintiff, that on Feb. 7, SpeedVegas swapped out the original manufacture brakes on the Lamborghini Aventador for an off-the-shelf- brand.
The employee alleges that SpeedVegas routinely replaced expensive original parts with less costly replacements, which may have contributed to safety issues on several different high performance vehicles.
According to the employee, SpeedVegas was also aware of a recent recall announced by Lamborghini for its 2015 Aventador models because "fuel may leak out of a full tank and cause a fire," but he alleged, SpeedVegas did not take the car out of its rental fleet.
In the District Court papers, the employee also revealed that he narrowly avoided crashing into a concrete barrier and a drainage ditch himself when a brake pad fell off a Ferrari he was driving.
The employee said SpeedVegas' track is unnecessarily dangerous in design and operation due to some of the reasons listed below:
- SpeedVegas encourages drivers with little to no experience.
- The design of the racetrack fails to provide adequate run-off from turns to allow the cars to slow down before crashing into concrete barrier walls or other obstacles.
- The concrete barrier walls are too close to the track.
- SpeedVegas fails to maintain its fleet of exotic cars.
- SpeedVegas has had multiple instances in which brake pads fell off while the cars are speeding down the racetrack.
According to the court documents, the employee feels that as a result of these unsafe conditions, five crashes have occurred on the SpeedVegas racetrack during its first ten months of operation.
8 News NOW reached out to SpeedVegas for comment, but because the court papers were filed late Monday evening, SpeedVegas was unable to comment.