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  • 10 July 2014, 19:54

Hotel Valet Crashes Lamborghini Into Wall

A valet who was parking a Lamborghini Gallardo at a hotel has crashed it into a wall, causing $335,000 (£196,000) worth of damage.

Horrified guests witnessed the incident at the five-star Le Meridien hotel in New Delhi and the whole thing was caught on CCTV.

And instead of getting the tip, the hotel worker now faces the prospect of having to contribute to the repair bill.

The video is said to show the valet taking the car from the parking area to the porch entrance of the hotel where he then briefly got out.

After climbing back behind the wheel, the car then lurches forward for no apparent reason - sending a colleague diving for cover - and slamming head on into the concrete wall.

The valet was injured and taken to hospital but discharged the same day.

A photograph published in the Times of India newspaper showed the front end of the sleek white supercar severely crumpled, with its bonnet forced up.

"The car had been parked by valets a number of times before," a friend of owner Nipun Miglani revealed.

A police case has been filed against Le Meridien - which has refused to accept responsibility - and the valet, named as Arun Kumar, with a claim for the full cost of the repairs.

The rear-wheel-drive Gallardo, named after a type of fighting bull, is capable of a top speed of around 200mph (321kph).

It sells in Europe for around $250,000 (£146,000) but import duties on supercars normally double their price in India.