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Rich Guy Rally Turns Deadly

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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XZIBIT A Ride-pimping rapper Xzibit

Paris Hilton isn't the only one facing jail time for automobile-related snafus. Across the pond, the ninth annual Gumball Rally—a spirited, pan-European road race reminiscent of The Cannonball Run—was abruptly canceled after British participant Nicholas Morley struck and killed an elderly couple in Macedonia with his Porsche 911.

That a fatal accident occurred is no surprise—a feature in the June 2005 issue of Vanity Fair by George Gurley paints the event as little more than a booze and drug-fueled orgy for wealthy playboys, celebrities, and Ferrari-driving Eurotrash. More shocking are the events that transpired after the May 2 accident: According to numerous published reports, Morley and copilot Matthew McConville fled the scene in the BMW of a Russian Gumballer, were arrested at the Albanian border, posted bail, and had to be re-apprehended after trying to flee the country via private jet. Rapper Xzibit fared slightly better: he only had his license taken away for driving his Lamborghini Gallardo 100 mph in a 60 mph zone in the Netherlands. Teammate Jay Kay of Jamiroquai raced cleanly.

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