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(Huffington Post)   Girl discovers Grand Am does not have same flight characteristics as the General Lee   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 99
    More: Sad, Emily Lauer, Michigan, Emily, Western Michigan University, paw paw  
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2013-10-15 12:02:50 AM
An 18-year-old woman is dead after a tragic car accident in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured.

That word...
 
2013-10-15 12:35:43 AM
i39.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-15 12:56:57 AM
Safety note: Unless Waylon Jennings is narrating your drive home, keep all 4 wheels on the ground.
 
2013-10-15 01:16:39 AM
I try not to be a sexist pig but well I am somewhat impressed a girl tried this.

I do wish she had done better than Thelma & Louise.
 
2013-10-15 01:35:01 AM
Nice job. At least they only took themselves out. Had a couple of friends in highschool die in similar fashion. Well not quite trying to jump a bridge but they were racing down a backroad and forgot that the road ended in a three way intersection. They blew through it right into the woods. Driver dead on impact, passenger was thrown from the car and lived...but suffered brain damage. Another friend died after getting crushed by his own vehicle. He ran off the road drunk and hit a culvert. As the truck flipped he flew out of the sunroof and the vehicle landed on him. I remember them saying that his shoes were still in the truck. There are always a few in every class that seem to die in silly accidents. But we were a bunch of bored backwoods kids that did some seriously stupid stuff and probably should have all died at some point.
 
2013-10-15 02:35:50 AM
Well there's your problem right there. The General Lee was a 69 Dodge Charger. Completely different flight dynamics from a post-airbag Pontiac.
 
2013-10-15 02:39:24 AM
*slide-whistle*
 
2013-10-15 03:08:07 AM
cdn.speednik.com

/obscure?
 
2013-10-15 03:11:11 AM
Having taken my wheels off the ground on a few bridges in my time (in that area, even), I... saw that picture.. and wanted to vomit,.
 
2013-10-15 03:57:39 AM
Surprised it was a girl. Also surprised she was an honor student.
 
2013-10-15 03:58:18 AM
As a Chicago downtown native, I went to college in a farm town outside of St. Louis, and I had plenty of backroads to explore. I'd be a liar if I said I never ran down them, drunk as piss, 2 in the morning at 95mph. I got lucky, she didn't. Still, I never had passengers when I tried to pull shiat like that. Goddamn shame, but she knew what she was doing.
 
2013-10-15 04:00:18 AM
That is indeed a sad story, but....

My friend had a very nice '68 Charger that didn't have the "go around a corner" capabilities of the General Lee on that show.

Please, kids, keep this in mind...
Because you saw it on the TV doesn't make it so.
 
2013-10-15 04:00:50 AM
Even the General Lee didn't have the flight characteristics of the General Lee (as seen on TV anyway) they trashed so many Dodge Chargers it wasn't even funny (I recall reading that they went through about 140 of them all told).
 
2013-10-15 04:01:02 AM
Proof positive that being on the honor roll has jack shiat to do with intelligence or responsibility. She wasn't even drinking, she did this while not at all impaired.
 
2013-10-15 04:08:45 AM
It will go farther if painted orange.
It's aerodynamics and science. Look it up.
 
2013-10-15 04:11:46 AM
Women drivers, amiright?
 
2013-10-15 04:26:54 AM

Nogale: Surprised it was a girl. Also surprised she was an honor student.




In Paw Paw, Michigan, "honor student" may have a different meaning that you're used to.
 
2013-10-15 04:27:57 AM
She didn't even make the launch; she lost control before she got to the bridge, and rolled the car several times.

fusillade762: An 18-year-old woman is dead after a tragic car accident in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured.

That word...


Yes, it was an accident. That word tells the reader that she didn't crash deliberately. Driving recklessly isn't the same as crashing deliberately.

Why do so many people have trouble understanding this?
 
2013-10-15 04:29:41 AM
I love living in a world where "accident" and "negligence" are used interchangeably.
 
2013-10-15 04:35:46 AM

MadAzza: She didn't even make the launch; she lost control before she got to the bridge, and rolled the car several times.

fusillade762: An 18-year-old woman is dead after a tragic car accident in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured.

That word...

Yes, it was an accident. That word tells the reader that she didn't crash deliberately. Driving recklessly isn't the same as crashing deliberately.

Why do so many people have trouble understanding this?


WRONG!
An accurate headline would read:
"An 18-year-old woman is dead after negligent driving resulted in a crash in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured."

The reader still knows she didn't crash deliberately with the word negligent.

Accidents happen by chance with no apparent cause.  A tree falling on your car is an accident.  Skidding on black ice and hitting a guardrail is an accident.
Negligence is failure to take proper care in doing something.  Talking on your cell phone and applying makeup while driving resulting in a crash is negligent driving.  Running a red light and crashing in to a car is negligent driving.  Speeding recklessly on a dirt road in an attempt to jump a bridge is negligent driving.
 
2013-10-15 04:37:22 AM

calbert: [cdn.speednik.com image 640x413]

/obscure?


www.denimblog.com
 
2013-10-15 04:46:15 AM

WhiskeyBoy: "An 18-year-old woman is dead after negligent driving resulted in a crash in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured."


Not sure about that, there is a difference between negligence and recklessness. The latter fits better in this case.
 
2013-10-15 04:52:50 AM
The last time this happend here all three kids in the car died after they ran a guy off the road. They ended up hitting a tree, then the mom had the nerve to blame the curves in the road, not how much her little angel had to drink.
 
2013-10-15 04:56:45 AM

WhiskeyBoy: Speeding recklessly on a dirt road in an attempt to jump a bridge is negligent driving.


Guess they didn't cover that in her AP classes
 
2013-10-15 04:58:53 AM
Yeah... Ive seen this many times (mostly in rally racing...)  people dont realize that you actually tend to lose complete control of the car if all 4 wheels come off the ground.  As in, when the car touches back down, it literally flings/bounces itself in seemingly random directions.  You do  not keep your same momentum/velocity.  The way wheel camber works ensures of that... rather than being straight up and down like this "  |   | "  your wheels come down like this "  \   /  " facing downward, so you catch the edges of the wheel rather than a full contact.

TL;DR:  People cant physics
 
2013-10-15 05:05:12 AM

groppet: The last time this happend here all three kids in the car died after they ran a guy off the road. They ended up hitting a tree, then the mom had the nerve to blame the curves in the road, not how much her little angel had to drink.


The last time it happened in my town it was some 16 year old girl, a newly licensed driver. She thought it would be fun to take a couple friends out hill jumping on a gravel road. She lost control, rolled her truck, was ejected and killed. She was the only one not wearing her seat belt, both her passengers sustained serious injuries but lived.
 
2013-10-15 05:05:32 AM
WHAT A farkING IDIOT.

The journalist, that is.

1. Give a description about the facts. This can be as vague as you want. On the other hand, make stuff up if you want.
2. Hit the internet and quote some shiat from the victim's friends on Facebook or Twitter. Maybe gank a couple of FB photos and refer to them as "happier times."

Every farking "tragic death" story is starting to read the same. Mainstream news media is dead. NTTAWWT.
 
2013-10-15 05:15:21 AM
Why would you name a town 'Paw Paw'?

Is that redneck for 'grandfather'?
 
2013-10-15 05:19:04 AM

MadAzza: She didn't even make the launch; she lost control before she got to the bridge, and rolled the car several times.

fusillade762: An 18-year-old woman is dead after a tragic car accident in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured.

That word...

Yes, it was an accident. That word tells the reader that she didn't crash deliberately. Driving recklessly isn't the same as crashing deliberately.

Why do so many people have trouble understanding this?


Sorry but no, that would be like saying Evil Kenevil broke every bone in his body from all those motorcycle accidents he had.

It's not entirely your fault, through years of misuse the word has come to be used to describe any car crash when it doesn't apply to a lot of them.
 
2013-10-15 05:20:58 AM

Radioactive Ass: Even the General Lee didn't have the flight characteristics of the General Lee (as seen on TV anyway) they trashed so many Dodge Chargers it wasn't even funny (I recall reading that they went through about 140 of them all told).


Told?
 
2013-10-15 05:23:09 AM

redhook: calbert: [cdn.speednik.com image 640x413]

/obscure?

[www.denimblog.com image 250x310]


www.sitcomsonline.com
 
2013-10-15 05:25:14 AM

Betep: Told?



all told
 adverb
 " with everything or everyone taken into account  :  in all "
 
2013-10-15 05:26:50 AM

Alonjar: Yeah... Ive seen this many times (mostly in rally racing...)  people dont realize that you actually tend to lose complete control of the car if all 4 wheels come off the ground.  As in, when the car touches back down, it literally flings/bounces itself in seemingly random directions.  You do  not keep your same momentum/velocity.  The way wheel camber works ensures of that... rather than being straight up and down like this "  |   | "  your wheels come down like this "  \   /  " facing downward, so you catch the edges of the wheel rather than a full contact.

TL;DR:  People cant physics


I've had a grand am, there is no way in hell I'd want to do anything like this in that vehicle, especially on a dirt road. CSB time - I was once on a highway ~60mph traffic going around a right curve in normal conditions, the person in front of me was driving under the speed limit so I switched to the left lane, hit a bump and was jerked hard left. (unprepared for that) Ahhhh! pull right. it sent my car swinging back right. I was able to regain control after a few left-right-left tugs but damn it scared the shiat out of me.
 
2013-10-15 05:34:45 AM
This is the same car that jumped off of and back onto a highway, drove through an office building, and ultimately helped Murtaugh and Riggs catch the Triads who kidnapped the Hongs and Murtaugh's family. There was also some counterfeit money and Murtaugh's daughter marries Chris Rock, and Riggs marries Lorna, and they all have babies. Joe Pesci also helps.
Emily was to young to see the movie in theaters, so I can only guess that Netflix is to blame for her demise.
 
2013-10-15 05:36:05 AM

WhiskeyBoy: MadAzza: She didn't even make the launch; she lost control before she got to the bridge, and rolled the car several times.

fusillade762: An 18-year-old woman is dead after a tragic car accident in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured.

That word...

Yes, it was an accident. That word tells the reader that she didn't crash deliberately. Driving recklessly isn't the same as crashing deliberately.

Why do so many people have trouble understanding this?

WRONG!
An accurate headline would read:
"An 18-year-old woman is dead after negligent driving resulted in a crash in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured."

The reader still knows she didn't crash deliberately with the word negligent.


Oh, now I see. You're a dumbass, and there's no point in trying to educate you about how negligence is a legal determination that a newspaper not only is not qualified to make but could and should get sued for if it made such a determination.

Carry on in your willful, happy ignorance. Would you like some cantaloupe?
 
2013-10-15 05:46:48 AM
From the comments: "We should all drive safer. This could happen to any of us."

/facepalm
 
2013-10-15 05:47:37 AM

WhiskeyBoy: Accidents happen by chance with no apparent cause.  A tree falling on your car is an accident.  Skidding on black ice and hitting a guardrail is an accident.


Why do people keep saying this? You can't just redefine a word just because you're feeling a bit smug. The word accident simply means the thing was unintentional or unforeseen by the person involved, not necessarily that it was unavoidable.

Dropping an egg in the kitchen? Accident.
Unintended pregnancy? Accident.
Flipping your car trying to jump a bridge? Accident.

Accident doesn't imply that there isn't also some level of negligence.
 
2013-10-15 05:48:05 AM
ugh, the banality of the tragedy tweets is unbearable.

but she belongs to paw paw,and paw paw is like family

is it? is it really?
 
2013-10-15 05:59:33 AM
She wasn't trying to jump a bridge.

That is just silly. She sped up at a large bump in the road attempting to get air and lost control.

It is just a dumb thing kids do because they are inexperienced and think they are invincible.

When you are in a car moving fast, you tend to not realize the force behind what you are doing. You feel safe. You feel protected. You feel like you are in this little room. But you aren't safe.

That is the main reason we have speed limits. Not because of cars can't handle it, or safety features haven't  been advanced 10 fold in the past few years.

A car moving 60 miles per hour coming to a sudden stop will kill you. Simple physics.

So slow down kids.
 
2013-10-15 06:02:33 AM

unlikely: Well there's your problem right there. The General Lee was a 69 Dodge Charger. Completely different flight dynamics from a post-airbag Pontiac.


Now, if it had been a 1974 Dodge Monaco with a 440 cubic inch plant, she might have stood a chance.

bb.wynnear.com
 
2013-10-15 06:09:07 AM

AaronSynn: Why would you name a town 'Paw Paw'?

Is that redneck for 'grandfather'?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_pawpaw
 
2013-10-15 06:12:51 AM

calbert: /obscure?


Yeah, man. What the fark is that?
 
2013-10-15 06:54:02 AM

WhiskeyBoy: Accidents happen by chance with no apparent cause.  A tree falling on your car is an accident.  Skidding on black ice and hitting a guardrail is an accident.
Negligence is failure to take proper care in doing something.  Talking on your cell phone and applying makeup while driving resulting in a crash is negligent driving.  Running a red light and crashing in to a car is negligent driving.  Speeding recklessly on a dirt road in an attempt to jump a bridge is negligent driving.


I'm sorry, but you're being stupid.

Why didn't someone trim that tree branch first?   Why didn't someone take due care and diligence on a road with conditions that might cause black ice?

The primary definition of "accident" is "An unexpected and undesirable event, especially one resulting in damage or harm: "

Now, should you expect to wreck if you do certain things?  Well, there's a good chance you will, but I doubt the driver in this case expected or desired to flip her car.  I'm surprised alcohol is not suspected to be a factor,  Who knows what she expected to happen.

Then again, maybe the attempted stunt wasn't so spectacular anyway.  She lost control before she even got a chance to see.  Speeding down a dirt road seems to be what did it, not actually jumping the bridge.

I've lost control of my car before.  Hindsight is 20/20 and I now know what I did wrong, but I did not lose control on purpose.  You could easily call me negligent or reckless when I lost control and I would have to agree with you  Fortunately, the worst accident that resulted from this was jumping a curb and blowing out a tire with no injuries or property damage (aside from my tire).  I was about her age too and was just having fun seeing how fast I could go through a bunch of 90 degree turns.  Yee-haw!  With a more powerful and lighter car and a little more disregard for safety I could have flipped it.

It still would have been an accident.
 
2013-10-15 06:55:45 AM
How about a Trans Am?

www.atlantatimemachine.com
 
2013-10-15 06:58:55 AM
Obscure?
tribwxmi.files.wordpress.com

imgick.mlive.com

imgick.mlive.com

/Been in a similar accident when I was 16
 
2013-10-15 06:59:20 AM

WhiskeyBoy: MadAzza: She didn't even make the launch; she lost control before she got to the bridge, and rolled the car several times.

fusillade762: An 18-year-old woman is dead after a tragic car accident in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured.

That word...

Yes, it was an accident. That word tells the reader that she didn't crash deliberately. Driving recklessly isn't the same as crashing deliberately.

Why do so many people have trouble understanding this?

WRONG!
An accurate headline would read:
"An 18-year-old woman is dead after negligent driving resulted in a crash in a small town in western Michigan that also left her two passengers injured."

The reader still knows she didn't crash deliberately with the word negligent.

Accidents happen by chance with no apparent cause.  A tree falling on your car is an accident.  Skidding on black ice and hitting a guardrail is an accident.
Negligence is failure to take proper care in doing something.  Talking on your cell phone and applying makeup while driving resulting in a crash is negligent driving.  Running a red light and crashing in to a car is negligent driving.  Speeding recklessly on a dirt road in an attempt to jump a bridge is negligent driving.


i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-10-15 07:00:01 AM
Guess she took the `roll` part of `honour roll` too seriously
 
2013-10-15 07:04:21 AM
No jokes about her going from honor roll to barrel roll? Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2013-10-15 07:18:51 AM

dready zim: Guess she took the `roll` part of `honour roll` too seriously


gweilo8888: No jokes about her going from honor roll to barrel roll? Fark, I am disappoint.


F5
 
2013-10-15 07:19:07 AM
Can we get a 'shop of Darwin leaning out the window of the General Lee in mid-air? Too lazy.
 
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