A Rutland millionaire is among 14 people in hospital after his Porsche 918 Spyder span out of control and ploughed into spectators at a charity rally in Malta.
Businessman Paul Bailey, from Hambleton, was driving the supercar when it clipped the grass, spun out of control and ploughed into spectators at the event at about 2pm yesterday (October 4), according to reports.
Mr Bailey, who is in a stable condition, was among 14 people who are still being treated, a spokesman for Malta’s Secretary for Health said.
A six-year-old girl is among four people in intensive care in the island’s main Mater Dei hospital, according to a Maltese Government spokesman.
A total of 19 people were treated at the hospital for head, chest and abdominal injuries and broken bones. Five have been discharged. Twenty-eight people were injured in total.
A spokesman for Malta’s President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca said she was “traumatised and devastated” by the incident. The spokesman said an inquiry was underway. The show was hosted by the President to raise money for charity,
Witnesses said the car was driving at high speed along an unused airport taxiway in the Hal Farrug district when the accident happened on Sunday.
An eyewitness told the Times of Malta: “The car was speeding down the taxiway when a back wheel went on the grass.
“The car spun out of control, went through the barriers where a large crowd was watching, and into the area of the static car exhibition.
“Many people were hit, there was chaos and screams.”
Mr Bailey, a self-made millionaire, has a collection of more than 30 supercars, including a £866,000 McLaren P1 and £1.2 million customised Ferrari. He reportedly bought the limited edition Porsche Spyder for £780,000 in January this year.
He made his £28 million fortune when he sold Peterborough teleconferencing business Worldwide Group in 2012.
The rest of the motor show was cancelled.