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Posted: 3:26 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012

Cousins still in burn unit after Ferrari crash

By Jay Black

The two young men that were critically injured after crashing a Ferrari remain hospitalized in Grady’s burn unit.

Akshay Panducherry, 18, of Alpharetta, was burned over 80 percent of his body when he crashed the red Ferrari F430 given to him by his parents as a birthday gift.

Police say Panducherry was speeding and lost control of the Italian sports early Friday morning on Webb Bridge Road in north Fulton near Alpharetta High School. Police found the car, on fire, about 60 yards into the woods.

“The vehicle itself is totally destroyed,” Alpharetta Police spokesman George Gordon said. “It went completely up in flames and it basically is not recognizable as a vehicle at this point.”

Panducherry’s cousin Harshavardhan Patlolla, 21, of Alpharetta was riding with him. He was seriously burned as well.

Panducherry and Patlolla were able to crawl out of the burning vehicle, Gordon said.

The F430 model was manufactured from 2004 to 2009. It can reach up to 200 mph according to Road & Track magazine, but authorities don’t know how fast Panducherry was going.

“We know that a high rate of speed was a contributing factor in this crash,” Gordon said.

The Ferrari was traveling east on Webb Bridge Road just before 4 a.m. when the crash occurred. Gordon told news media the driver narrowly missed a bridge abutment while leaving the roadway.

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