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

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Wealthy British expatriate, 82, 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 sitting on a straight road in Lombardy when he lost control of his car
  • His wife Henriette was flown to hospital and is in a life-threatening condition
  • The couple were on their way to a rally in Corsica in their vintage Aston Martin

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

David Twaites, 82 from London, living in the Swiss canton of Vaud, traveled with a group of British and Swiss friends in the convertible to Corsica for a tailor-made 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

His wife Henriette, 80, who is from Switzerland, fell unconscious and was taken by helicopter to San Matteo hospital in life-threatening condition.

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

Police and firefighters were called to the scene and tried to resuscitate the driver, but they 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 the local news site La Provincia Pavese.

The Via Flaminia rally sees classic car enthusiasts cruising the beautiful winding roads of the Mediterranean island, drinking local food and wine.

The accident happened on a straight stretch of road near a landfill entrance (road pictured)

The accident happened on a straight stretch of road near a landfill entrance (road pictured)

It was established in 2005 and describes itself as the ‘rally with a smile’ and is allowed to enter 30 cars.

The organizers say on their website: ‘The Via Flaminia is a relaxed rally where the 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 battle for last place for the drivers who spend the most time admiring the beautiful scenery.

The Foreign Office told MailOnline: “We are helping the family of a British man who died in Italy and are in contact with local police.”

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