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Wealthy British expat, 82, killed after vintage Aston Martin convertible crashes into a ditch

The expat lost control of the right-hand drive car between Albonese and Montara in Lombardy near Milan and drove it into a ditch

A wealthy 82-year-old British expat is killed and his Swiss-born wife seriously injured after their vintage Aston Martin convertible crashes into a ditch during a bespoke car rally with friends in Italy

  • David Twaites was on a straight road in Lombardy when he lost control of his car
  • His wife Henriette was airlifted to hospital and is in life-threatening condition
  • The couple were traveling to a rally in Corsica in their vintage Aston Martin

A wealthy British expat has been killed and his wife seriously injured after crashing his vintage Aston Martin into a ditch in Italy.

David Twaites, 82, from London, who lived in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland, was traveling in a convertible with a group of British and Swiss friends to Corsica for a bespoke car rally.

The expat lost control of the right-hand drive car between Albonese and Montara in Lombardy near Milan and drove it into a ditch.

The expat lost control of the right-hand drive car between Albonese and Montara in Lombardy near Milan and drove it into a ditch

The expat lost control of the right-hand drive car between Albonese and Montara in Lombardy near Milan and drove it into a ditch

His wife Henriette, 80, from Switzerland, lost consciousness and was airlifted in life-threatening condition to San Matteo Hospital.

The accident happened on a straight stretch of road near the entrance to a landfill site.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene and attempted to resuscitate the driver but pronounced him dead.

The group was heading to the port of Genoa on local roads where they would then take a ferry to Corsica, according to local news site La Provincia Pavese.

The Via Flaminia Rally sees classic car enthusiasts navigate the beautiful winding roads of the Mediterranean island, eat local food and drink wine.

The crash happened on a straight stretch of road near the entrance to a landfill site (road pictured)

The crash happened on a straight stretch of road near the entrance to a landfill site (road pictured)

It was established in 2005 and describes itself as the “rally with a smile” and 30 cars are allowed to enter.

The organizers state on their website: “The Via Flaminia is a relaxed rally where competition serves the atmosphere, winning is not an end in itself.”

The rally is relaxed and there is no time limit, and there is often a competition for last place for the drivers who spend the most time admiring the stunning scenery.

The Foreign Office told MailOnline: ‘We are assisting the family of a Briton who died in Italy and are in contact with local police.

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