Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Video shows a car striking another vehicle in an intersection, sending the second car careening into a pedestrian.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2007]
Origins: It's a chilling scene: a video clip shows a vehicle as it speeds through an intersection and runs broadside into another car; a pedestrian crossing the street breaks into a run to run to get out of the way of the out-of-control vehicles, but the struck car rolls on top of him. The video is all the more chilling because it isn't a scene from a movie, nor is it the product of special effects
The accident seen in the video occurred at
Tegtmeyer, who was crossing the street in the same direction as the
Investigators said that at the time of the accident the crosswalk signal was red, and therefore Tegtmeyer should not have been crossing the street. They also reported that Tegtmeyer miraculously escaped alive because the dent in the side of the Subaru caused by the crash created a hollow space that allowed the vehicle to roll over him without crushing him to death. Neither vehicle was carrying any passengers, and both drivers escaped with only minor injuries.
The crash was captured by one of the automated red-light enforcement cameras installed at a dozen intersections around Dayton to help reduce crashes caused by drivers running red lights. Each camera records
Last updated: 26 July 2007
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