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Car drives off with front door lodged in windscreen after crashing into house

A teenager crashed into a house and then carried on driving with the front door lodged in the car’s windscreen and roof. 

West Yorkshire Police were called to Dewsbury at 7.43pm on Friday where an 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

His silver Audi crashed into another car before it hit a house and drove off with a door attached to it ‘for several metres’. 

The driver was taken to hospital for head injuries that are thought not to be serious. 

The police are still investigating what happened and have asked anyone who has not yet spoken to them to contact the Western Area Roads Policing Unit on 101 referencing police log 1555 of November 20.

West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit tweeted: ‘Driver collided with a vehicle, then the front porch of a house – before then continuing to drive for several metres with front door attached to car. 

‘Driver arrested suspected unfit through drink/drugs.’

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Body found in torched car in Lake County tied to Glendale fatal hit-and-run

A body found in a burning vehicle in Lake County has been identified as the registered owner of the car. It’s the same car believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision earlier in Glendale.

The Summit County Coroner’s Office identified the body as that of 75-year-old Richard Randolph, of Denver, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The vehicle, a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, Colorado license plate 717-ODQ, was found on fire on Nov. 4 along Colorado 91. The coroner’s office used dental records in coming to the positive identification.

“Video footage obtained by Lake County Sheriff’s Office support the theory that Mr. Randolph set the vehicle fire himself in what is believed to have been a suicide,” the sheriff’s office said.

On Nov. 2, Glendale police responded to Leetsdale Drive and South Cherry Street on an auto-pedestrian collision. A 74-year-old woman and her dog were hit and the driver fled the scene. The woman was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, police said.

“Mr. Randolph is the registered owner of the vehicle allegedly involved in the fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred in Glendale,” the sheriff’s office said.

A search warrant was executed on the car and evidence was collected as part of the ongoing Glendale hit-and-run investigation.


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Ferrari lifts the lid on convertible version of SF90 Stradale hybrid

MILAN (Reuters) – Ferrari unveiled the SF90 Spider on Thursday, a convertible version of its SF90 Stradale hybrid and part of the Italian luxury carmaker’s drive to make 60% of sales from hybrid technology by 2022.

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The new car will feature the same specifications as the 4WD SF90 Stradale released last year, with a 780 horse power 8-cylinder combustion engine integrated with two front-mounted electric motors adding an extra 220 horse power, plus a retractable hard top.

One hundred kilos heavier than the Stradale, the Spider will cost 473,000 euros ($558,000) in Italy, outpricing the 430,000 euro Stradale at the top of Ferrari’s price range for series-production cars.

First deliveries are expected in the second quarter of next year, in Europe.

“We consider the SF90 our range supercar,” Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer Enrico Galliera said during a web presentation.

“We don’t see any competitors on the market at the moment,” he said, adding the SF90 would also attract owners of powerful V12 sport cars.

As well as a top speed of 340 km per hour, the plug-in hybrid SF90 can deliver 25 kilometres of silent electric-only power, allowing drivers to leave home quietly and pass through city centres without producing emissions.

So far, the COVID-19 pandemic has not delayed Ferrari’s ambitious plans to roll out new models, with the SF90 Spider coming two months after the Portofino M, a makeover of Ferrari’s top selling grand tourer (GT).

It keeps a pledge to unveil two new cars this year, after a record five in 2019, including SF90 Stradale, Ferrari’s first hybrid in series-production.

The SF90 Spider is the eighth new model out of the 15 Ferrari promised in its 2018-2022 plan.

The carmaker, controlled by Exor, the holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family, has pledged that 60% of vehicle sales will be hybrid by 2022.

A fully-electric Ferrari car, however, is not expected until after 2025, as the battery technology requires more development and the group needs to prepare customers more used to roaring engines than a quiet drive.

“For the time being we don’t consider electric technology suitable for Ferrari’s needs, it will be for sure in the future, but not now,” Galliera said

In an earnings call on Nov. 3, Camilleri said he didn’t see Ferrari ever being a 100% electric carmaker. “And certainly not in my lifetime will it reach even 50%,” he added.

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