ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Two young men were severely burned when their Ferrari crashed and burned in north Fulton County Friday morning.
According to George Gordon of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, 18-year-old Akshay Panducherry was driving east on Webb Bridge Road in Alpharetta shortly before 4 a.m. His Ferrari left the road near the Big Creek Bridge, smashed into some trees and caught fire.
Gordon said Panducherry and his passenger, 21-year-old Harshavardhan Patlolla, managed to escape the burning car, but suffered second- and third-degree burns. They were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital's Burn Center in downtown Atlanta in critical condition.
Gordon said that based on the destruction of the car and other initial evidence, speeding was a factor in the crash. He said investigators don't know, yet, how fast the car was going. They will try to reconstruct what happened. They are also awaiting a routine toxicology report to determine whether drugs or alcohol were also a factor.
Just this past Tuesday, Panducherry posted on his Facebook page photos of his Ferrari, a 2008 F430, a model that can cost in the neighborhood of $200,000. It is capable of going up to 200 miles an hour.
Gordon said it is too soon to know what charges, if any, Panducherry could face, but said the crash was 100 percent preventable.