Ferrari strikes building after crash

Ferrari strikes building after crash

CHAMPAIGN — Two cars collided Saturday on South Neil Street, with one of them — a Ferrari — jumping a curb and running into a building.

No one was injured in the collision, said Champaign police Sgt. Tom Petrelli.

The Ferrari struck Andy’s Barber Shop, 2036 S. Neil St., and the adjacent Premier Tanning.

Petrelli said the noontime accident involved the 2016 Ferrari and a 2017 Volvo, both heading north in the 2000 block of Neil Street.

Petrelli said the driver of the Ferrari 488 was Lima Shen, 18, of Urbana. He was ticketed for reckless driving and improper lane usage. 

Petrelli did not have the name of the other driver.

The sergeant said it appeared the Ferrari was totaled. A 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB has a list price of just under $250,000, according to Car and Driver magazine.

The barber shop’s owner, Andy Wagner, said his rough guess was there was at least $20,000 in damage to his shop, including “a caved-in window.”

The Ferrari “took out a brick column support in front of the building and also damaged a brick wall,” he said.

The shop will be open Monday, he said, inside the Green Mobile at 2040 S. Neil St.

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stingray1970 wrote on December 10, 2016 at 8:12 pm
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None of this would have happened had they not put that stupid building there.

Garth Truth wrote on December 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

If that young man could have been gambling, he would not of had this accident.

UIUCHoopFan wrote on December 10, 2016 at 9:12 pm

No worries. A phone call across the drink and the probable international U of I student will have a new Ferrari delivered before classes begin in January.

Cuthbert J. Twillie wrote on December 10, 2016 at 9:12 pm

He is probably already in Northbrook as we speak getting a new one.  Everytime I see an exotic car I pull up and its always a 20 something Asian male driving.

Bulldogmojo wrote on December 11, 2016 at 12:12 am


I guess you should have paid more attention in school, then your twenty something could be buying Ferraris in colors for each day of the week.

SR wrote on December 11, 2016 at 7:12 am

I have noticed that too. And you are probably correct in assuming that most of these kids are children of uber-rich Chinese businessmen who were born with silver spoons in their mouth and have not worked a day in their lives. However, I do want to point out that for every one of these students, there are hundreds of Asian/Asian-American students at UIUC that are enrolled full time AND work 20+ hours a week to pay for their used Hyundais.

Cuthbert J. Twillie wrote on December 11, 2016 at 2:12 am

My guess is that the father of the 18 yoa is a Chinese business in China.

Commonsenseman wrote on December 11, 2016 at 9:12 am

everyone of these kids pays many times  more for tuition than american kids, so they essentally are subsidizing the U of I through budget problems, the wealth in China is from their discovery of capitalism, hopefully we can rediscover the concept


sanjuan wrote on December 12, 2016 at 7:12 am

Actually base international tuition at the U of I is slightly less than double the base in-state rate.  They are not paying "many times" more for tuition.

tellingthetruth wrote on December 12, 2016 at 10:12 am

Wondering if this kid will return to his home country instead of paying fines, etc. ?  Thankfully, no one was injured or worse.

OffTheBusRunning wrote on December 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

They (he and his parents) can afford to buy a $250k Ferrari, but not pay off a few tickets? Seems doubtful. He's probably already on WeChat looking for a new exotic ride

Roanrider wrote on December 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

The Ferrari wasn't even his. It belonged to his girlfriend. Wonder who will replace it, her parents or his??

Sid Saltfork wrote on December 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm

No bail should be granted until the insurance details are known.  Andy's Barber Shop, and the other driver should be assured compensation prior to bail being granted.  A certified check, or cash should be provided before the defendant is given the opinion of bail.  Include a tracking leg cuff with the bail.

Also, a paid ad informing the residents of his home city about his crime.  Let his family lose face internationally.  Since his passport will not be pulled and his visa still good, he will be attending another university this spring.

The bottom line is that those injured financially should be compensated for their loss of income, and property first.

Khristine wrote on December 14, 2016 at 3:12 pm
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The driver was ticketed for reckless driving and improper lane usage. He was not arrested so there is no bail. No need for a leg monitor. There is no mention that he was ticketed for being uninsured. Ergo, insurance will pay for the damages to the property. That's the way our system works. I don't know where the notion comes from that we need to shame the families of international students in their local newspapers comes from, but frankly that's ridiculous. There are plenty of spoiled kids attending the U of I. Some are international. Some are American. It's been this way for years. This is nothing new. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on December 15, 2016 at 1:12 pm

He was arrested by receiving a ticket for reckless driving.  He will have to appear in court.  He can pay the fine to avoid incarceration.  Whether his insurance, or his girlfriend's insurance will pay off is unknown.  The cost of the vehicle, the cost for damages to the building along with loss of some income, and the cost to the other driver's vehicle and/or injuries will be extensive.

I am fed up with foriegn drivers.  I was hit while I was stopped in line at a stop sign.  I was hit a second time while parked.  In both situations, I had a hassle even getting the persons ticketed.  One did not have insurance either.  The police stated basically what you said: "It's been this way for years". 

The loss of face is a big thing back home.  Whether it be international, or domestic; it allows for shame regardless of money.  Short of shame; the alternative is to kick in the door panels, and break the windows until the driver speaks English, and provides insurance information.  This is not recommended; but it is understandable in any language.  


mjerryfuerst wrote on December 13, 2016 at 2:12 pm
Bulldogmojo wrote on December 14, 2016 at 11:12 am


Have you noticed the Trumpanzee posters on here who claim "you deserve the benefits of what you work for" only believe that applies to white Americans?