Usually, when the phrase “Lamborghini crash in Los Angeles” is seen in the news, it is typically followed by the name of a celebrity or influencer who has more money than driving skills; or common sense. However, in the case of this Lamborghini crash, the culprit is a 17-year-old who happens to have wealthy parents.
Judge sentences 17-year-old teenager to 7 to 9 months in fatal Lamborghini crash
According to a report from the LA Times, a judge ordered the teenage son of a local millionaire to spend a little more than half a year in a juvenile camp after he crashed his father’s Lamborghini into another car occupied by a woman who died at the scene. The family of the victim protested the decision claiming that the defendant was given “soft treatment.”
The teenager was racing the Lamborghini with his girlfriend in the car, reaching speeds at over 100 mph when he collided with a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Monique Munoz. The collision happened at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Overland Avenue, located in an area near West Los Angeles. The Lamborghini was traveling so fast that the force of the impact split Munoz’s car in half.
The teenage driver, whose name is withheld since he was under 18 at the time of the crash, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in April 2021. During the sentencing, the friends and family of Munoz gathered outside the court building voiced their frustration over the punishment handed down by the judge.
“House arrest in a mansion is not punishment,” said Cynthia Crespin, Munoz’s cousin. “He took an innocent life in a careless and senseless way.”
James Khuri is the millionaire father of the Lamborghini driving teen
While the teenage driver’s name is being withheld due to his age, it is public record that his father is James Khuri, a real estate and e-commerce mogul. While Khuri’s net worth is unknown, according to an interview he did with Forbes, Khuri earned $100 million in revenue from his first business when he was 27 years old.
When Forbes asked him about the secret to his success, Khuri mentioned advice he received from his father, “Never show weakness. Control everything.”
Khuri also has 1.7 million followers on Instagram, where he regularly shares images of his exotic car collection. He also shared an apology to the Munoz family on his Instagram page. In the apology, he stated, “There are no words I can say to alleviate the pain that you are experiencing. And I realize none of my words or actions will be able to bring back your daughter.”
At the time this article was written, the most recent image on Khuri’s Instagram page was a picture of himself with a family member next to a Lamborghini. Khuri posted the photo to his page on October 10th, 2021.
The 17-year-old Lamborghini driver has a history of dangerous driving
While a fatal accident such as the one involving James Khuri’s son seems like an unlikely situation, it is actually not surprising considering the teenager’s driving record. The Times report stated that the teenager was cited twice for speeding in Beverly Hills and had his license suspended before the accident. LA police testified that in the weeks before the crash, the teenager had posted on social media that he was street racing and drifting.
The exotic car was even impounded at one point, but James Khuri recently paid to take the vehicle out of impound before the fatal Lamborghini crash.
LA County Superior Court Judge Sabina Helton said that “[The driver] needs to be held accountable the same as any other kid who appears in this court.” Some people may be skeptical that “any other kid” who did not have the teenager’s wealthy background would have received the same treatment.
When speaking about the teen’s sentence, Munoz’s uncle Richard Cartier said, “I call it the lollipop sentence and going to Camp Snoopy.”