ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Two young men were severely burnedwhen their Ferraricrashed and burned innorth 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, smashedinto 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 criticalcondition.
Gordon saidthat 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 werealso 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 goingup to 200 miles an hour.
Gordon said it is too soon to know what charges, if any,Panducherry could face, but said thecrashwas 100 percent preventable.