Marijuana Exec, Beauty Queen Dead After Fiery High-Speed Lamborghini Crash
Officials say the Lamborghini Aventador was traveling over 100 mph through city streets when it crashed.
A Mexican beauty queen who was thrown from a high-speed Lamborghini crash in downtown San Diego that killed the driver—a wealthy medical marijuana entrepreneur who was scheduled to be sentenced in a $10 million mortgage fraud case next month—has also died from her injuries, according to Fox 5 San Diego.
According to witnesses, 33-year-old Michael Llamas was driving the lime green 2016 Lamborghini Aventador roadster at incredibly high speeds through downtown San Diego early Sunday morning when he lost control of the car at over 100 mph and struck a decorative roadside anchor and palm tree. His passenger, 26-year-old Stephanie Rivera Camarena, was thrown from the flaming wreck and severely injured; Llamas was trapped in the driver's seat and reportedly burned to death.
Camarena, a Mexican national and a former Miss Earth Baja California in 2015, was in a coma for several days before succumbing to her injuries and passing away on Wednesday. The international Miss Earth pageant seeks to highlight environmental and social issues, and director Joaquin Meza told the Los Angeles Times that Camarena was a champion of several causes, including breast cancer. A Facebook post on the Baja pageant's page called her "a queen in every sense of the word."
Michael Llamas rocketed to relative fame and fortune when he founded Medical Marijuana, Inc. in 2009, which bills itself as the first publicly-traded company to sell medicinal products derived from cannabis and hemp oil. Though the company still exists, Llamas was forced out as CEO in 2012 after he was indicted for his involvement in a $10 million mortgage fraud scheme. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud last August, and was scheduled to be sentenced on December 5. He faced up to six years in prison.
Llamas' attorney Michael Pancer told NBC 7 that his client "never appeared depressed or suicidal about his upcoming sentencing," and authorities still aren't sure whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.