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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
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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.
 
2013-10-15 07:36:18 AM  

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

/obscure?

[www.denimblog.com image 250x310]

[www.sitcomsonline.com image 490x440]


Oh no...tell me that's not how she ended up.

/better than dead, I guess...
 
2013-10-15 07:38:00 AM  

IbiEvacua: 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.


Ya, basically my friends and I were mostly lucky to get out of high school alive.  Not even drunk driving, just driving like maniacs.

An Aspen station wagon really shouldn't do 90 on twisty back road, but it can...
 
2013-10-15 07:47:27 AM  

DrPainMD: 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.


She was graded on a curve. Twice...
 
2013-10-15 07:48:11 AM  
i.imgur.com


/couldn't find a pic of "stunt jump failed'. That would have been really funny.
 
2013-10-15 07:54:01 AM  
As a resident of the area, I can safely say that Paw Paw has a noticeably higher rate of vehicular incidents than the surrounding region.  It may have to do with the fact that the town seems to lie on the border of state jurisdictions and therefore all road maintenance falls into "This is your guys' problem."  "No, this is your guys' problem."

It's the same town that spawned this story a few years ago.
 
2013-10-15 07:59:16 AM  
img.fark.net

Joey Hand got plenty of air in Gran Am.
 
2013-10-15 08:04:23 AM  

Betep: 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?


Idiom - all told
totaled up; including all parts
 
2013-10-15 08:07:44 AM  
Wow, no Lethal Weapon 4 references?

images.stanzapub.com
 
2013-10-15 08:09:13 AM  

Nogale: Surprised it was a girl


Could you explain your surprise, please? Does a uterus convey special driving powers somehow?
 
2013-10-15 08:14:42 AM  

Publikwerks: Wow, no Lethal Weapon 4 references?


Yes there was
 
2013-10-15 08:20:56 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).


Apparently that make and model is somewhat rare now due to how many they destroyed on the show. The first time I saw some shots of the vehicle after a jump I remember thinking holy crap these guys are nuts to be doing this. I've also seen shots of the vehicles all smashed up and piled up in a salvage yard. Kinda drives the point home.
 
2013-10-15 08:36:07 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Nogale: Surprised it was a girl

Could you explain your surprise, please? Does a uterus convey special driving powers somehow?


I think it's testicles that convey extra levels of recklessness, generally... Or, societal influences or whatever nonsense you like to blame... But, generally, when you read about someone doing something stupid in a car, like trying to jump a bridge Dukes of Hazzard style, it's usually a safe bet that it's a male doing it... Also, they're likely to be either teenaged or drunk or both at the time...
 
2013-10-15 08:47:53 AM  
you don't need to use the claw When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw. Have I given you a clue?

img20.imageshack.us

Golly, thanks, Baloo.
 
2013-10-15 08:50:54 AM  

JonnyBGoode: 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.


It would also need cop shocks and cop tires... But it'd run good on regular gas.
 
2013-10-15 08:54:10 AM  
Death By Misadventure
 
2013-10-15 09:22:11 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Nogale: Surprised it was a girl

Could you explain your surprise, please? Does a uterus convey special driving powers somehow?


It does often seem to grant better common sense to the average teenage girl than you find in the average teenage boy.
 
2013-10-15 09:32:36 AM  

RobSeace: Quantum Apostrophe: Nogale: Surprised it was a girl

Could you explain your surprise, please? Does a uterus convey special driving powers somehow?

I think it's testicles that convey extra levels of recklessness, generally... Or, societal influences or whatever nonsense you like to blame... But, generally, when you read about someone doing something stupid in a car, like trying to jump a bridge Dukes of Hazzard style, it's usually a safe bet that it's a male doing it... Also, they're likely to be either teenaged or drunk or both at the time...


iirc (casts mind back to Biology degree) males employ riskier strategies in life as the payoffs (sexual success and fathering offsping carrying their genes) are greater than for women - women can only carry and raise a certain number of children, while men can father a child at every sexual encounter

that strategy of risk taking is applied across the board, hence the spike in auto accidents among 20 something men etc etc
 
2013-10-15 09:55:16 AM  
IMHO, don't try anything in anything made after '73 in the U.S.  Even if launch is okay, Landing is gonna be messy. Drifters and that other "beer can" cars need not apply.Cars over the last 40 years are made to crumple, not shrug it off. Driver safety is now paramount, not as good as "The old days". In the old days, you could hit afire hydrant, and still drive home. Nowadays, hit a speed bump wrong, and have to have it towed to a shop. Sure, older cars are more durable, don't last as long or perform as well, but if I recall the time I flipped my mustang, causing a fractured spine and 27 stitches, In a newer car, I'd just been left on the ground. I do have a 2010 car, and a '73 car. While the '73 has a lot of memories, the 2010 is the comfortable choice for day to day, while the 73 is good for weekends,
 
2013-10-15 09:59:48 AM  
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2013-10-15 09:59:48 AM  

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

Is that redneck for 'grandfather'?


it's the indian name for some kind of local fruit...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asimina_triloba

not that you really care, but the more you know and all that...
 
VTZ
2013-10-15 10:00:19 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.


I agree with this guy. I was an insurance agent up to last year (quit because my true passion is IT,) and I can tell you that an accident is always better than recklessness. In this case, she was very much reckless. Although close, negligence would be better suited had she been a stunt woman, meaning she was trying to do something she knew how to do, but failed to do it correctly because she wasn't careful enough. Reckless means she did something without actually weighing the consequences should something go wrong. Very close meanings though, but in law enforcements and insurance terms, they could mean the difference between you being at fault or not.
 
2013-10-15 10:18:11 AM  
According to this article, she had been tearing up and down this road several times over the past week or two...
http://www.woodtv.com/news/local/sw-mich/emily-rose-lauer-killed-try in g-to-jump-64th-avenue-bridge
 
2013-10-15 10:28:39 AM  
Sounds like she made the jump but failed to stick the landing.  That part is important.
 
2013-10-15 10:29:09 AM  
having friends in the car can convince the driver to be a show-off.

also, i blame Hollywood and TV for pushing this silly and unnatural strong female lead stereotype.
 
2013-10-15 10:34:28 AM  
we've all tried the same thing at some point in our lives... shame it went badly for this group.
 
2013-10-15 10:39:41 AM  

MechaPyx: 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).

Apparently that make and model is somewhat rare now due to how many they destroyed on the show. The first time I saw some shots of the vehicle after a jump I remember thinking holy crap these guys are nuts to be doing this. I've also seen shots of the vehicles all smashed up and piled up in a salvage yard. Kinda drives the point home.


I think it was something like 330 cars totaled so far for the show and movie.  Every time I see one of em after a jump it makes me sick considering that the next "dream car" I want to build as a garage toy...unrestored solid Chargers are going for a mint now.
 
2013-10-15 10:39:58 AM  
yeah i love the comments section of the article: 'this could happen to any of us'.

REALLY? there are more of you there stupid enough to try flying across space in a 2000 pound metal auto?
 
2013-10-15 10:40:59 AM  
"Paw Paw for Jesus!"

/obscure?
 
2013-10-15 10:47:48 AM  
"Plastic flowers on the highway
Bits of glass for the machine to sweep away
Had to pass it on my way to where I was going
For the next few minutes, I drove a little slower"
--Drive By Truckers
 
2013-10-15 10:53:05 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.


Slowclap.jpg
 
2013-10-15 11:11:10 AM  

bugmn99: Can we get a 'shop of Darwin leaning out the window of the General Lee in mid-air? Too lazy.


We could get a lot of mileage out of such an image.
 
2013-10-15 11:50:59 AM  

doxer: Every time I see one of em after a jump it makes me sick considering that the next "dream car" I want to build as a garage toy...unrestored solid Chargers are going for a mint now.


Look on the bright side. The only reason you think it's your dream car is because of all the ones that flew and crashed. If the General Lee were an AMC Pacer you'd probably wish you had one of those, instead.
 
2013-10-15 11:53:18 AM  

Eat More Possum: Betep: 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?

Idiom - all told
totaled up; including all parts


No.
Tolled.
 
2013-10-15 12:35:10 PM  
I used to take my 92 Beretta jumping in that area.. there were some spots where if you hit the bridge right at about 50 or so, you could easily get two wheels off at a time.  That was about as much fun as I would go with.  I knew of a lot of spots all over Kalamazoo county where you could very easily get two wheels off, but it's not like you'd go for BIG AIR like the General.
 
2013-10-15 12:37:51 PM  
Hey, it's 10 feet. Bob Hope could jump this in his golf cart. See, watch, I can spit across it.

i39.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-15 12:56:07 PM  

MechaPyx: 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).

Apparently that make and model is somewhat rare now due to how many they destroyed on the show. The first time I saw some shots of the vehicle after a jump I remember thinking holy crap these guys are nuts to be doing this. I've also seen shots of the vehicles all smashed up and piled up in a salvage yard. Kinda drives the point home.


USA! USA! USA!
 
2013-10-15 01:05:00 PM  

VTZ: 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.

I agree with this guy. I was an insurance agent up to last year (quit because my true passion is IT,) and I can tell you that an accident is always better than recklessness. In this case, she was very much reckless. Although close, negligence would be better suited had she been a stunt woman, meaning she was trying to do something she knew how to do, but failed to do it correctly because she wasn't careful enough. Reckless means she did something without actually weighing the consequences should something go wrong. Very close meanings though, but in law enforcements and insurance terms, they could mean the difference between you being at fault or not.


Thank you for that concise response and I want you to know that you have educated me and I will not misuse these two terms in the future. This is one of the times the internet is positive for a minute.
 
2013-10-15 01:05:00 PM  

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


aaaawwww 'Murica, with it's best and brightest that are dumb as shiat ;)

//Also surprised it was a girl :)
 
2013-10-15 01:26:28 PM  

DrHST: [img.fark.net image 667x420]

Joey Hand got plenty of air in Gran Am.


Ironically, that was a Pontiac GTO being driven by Paul Edwards that tapped Joey into the grass.

CSB:

That was one wicked accident.  I was at that event in the pits after having given some technical support to a friend who worked for a team there as the engine guy from the manufacturer, and getting a season hard card as part payment {:-D.  Joey's team was a few stalls down, and from the track cameras on the pit box screens it was really a tense few moments.  Everyone let out this big, literally audible "wheeeew" when Joey finally got out after (apparently) getting his Hans stuck in the window netting.

Joey's a great guy, met and talked with him a few times at ALMS events... great he made it to DTM, they've been knocking on the door to podium a few times now.

/CSB
 
2013-10-15 01:51:39 PM  
should've had a grand national.
 
2013-10-15 02:18:26 PM  

soakitincider: should've had a grand national.


I live a town in Indiana with a population of around 12,000 and when I graduated high school in 2002 there were at least eight Grand Nationals here.
 
2013-10-15 02:32:31 PM  

Betep: Eat More Possum: Betep: 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?

Idiom - all told
totaled up; including all parts

No.
Tolled.


Nope... You're wrong...
 
2013-10-15 02:47:56 PM  

Seraphym: DrHST: [img.fark.net image 667x420]

Joey Hand got plenty of air in Gran Am.

Ironically, that was a Pontiac GTO being driven by Paul Edwards that tapped Joey into the grass.

CSB:

That was one wicked accident.  I was at that event in the pits after having given some technical support to a friend who worked for a team there as the engine guy from the manufacturer, and getting a season hard card as part payment {:-D.  Joey's team was a few stalls down, and from the track cameras on the pit box screens it was really a tense few moments.  Everyone let out this big, literally audible "wheeeew" when Joey finally got out after (apparently) getting his Hans stuck in the window netting.

Joey's a great guy, met and talked with him a few times at ALMS events... great he made it to DTM, they've been knocking on the door to podium a few times now.

/CSB



CSB indeed!

I forgot that Edwards GTO was in on that.

Hand and Auberlen seem really cool, at least from what I can tell from TV anyways.
 
2013-10-15 03:04:55 PM  

Ex-Texan: IMHO, don't try anything in anything made after '73 in the U.S.  Even if launch is okay, Landing is gonna be messy. Drifters and that other "beer can" cars need not apply.Cars over the last 40 years are made to crumple, not shrug it off. Driver safety is now paramount, not as good as "The old days". In the old days, you could hit afire hydrant, and still drive home. Nowadays, hit a speed bump wrong, and have to have it towed to a shop. Sure, older cars are more durable, don't last as long or perform as well, but if I recall the time I flipped my mustang, causing a fractured spine and 27 stitches, In a newer car, I'd just been left on the ground. I do have a 2010 car, and a '73 car. While the '73 has a lot of memories, the 2010 is the comfortable choice for day to day, while the 73 is good for weekends,


I flipped a 1984 BMW not that many years back.  It was a little more dukes of hazard than I would have liked, actually.

Hit some ice, lost the rear end into the ditch on the side of the road... nearly recovered, only to have the ditch end in a ramp up to a driveway.  I got air, rolled the car onto it's top and landed in the ditch on the other side of the driveway.  The car was FINE.  Granted, the windshield had given up and flooded the upside down car with muddy water, and the body had seen better days... BUT... tow truck gets there, flips her out of the ditch and goes to hook up the car, and I say wait. Let me try something.  Get in messy car.  Start engine.  Drive home.  She was a mess, but it takes a lot to kill an old car.

/csb

/don't make them like that anymore
//the '05 in the driveway would be a crumpled beer can in that same accident
///but it has ice tires on it during the winter.  I learn.
 
2013-10-15 03:25:35 PM  
Well it was 20 after midnight, they were going 85
She was barely out of high school wanting bad to feel alive
Just a two lane stretch of black top, a snakey stretch of road
When the wind blew threw the wing vents it was clear and fresh and cold
Well the driver killed the headlights and he put the throttle down
When they hit the railroad crossing they were 5ft off the ground
Just a screaming through the midnight, till they came down again
Well the front tire hit a bar ditch, they went end over end.
 
2013-10-15 03:44:22 PM  

Kahabut: Ex-Texan: IMHO, don't try anything in anything made after '73 in the U.S.  Even if launch is okay, Landing is gonna be messy. Drifters and that other "beer can" cars need not apply.Cars over the last 40 years are made to crumple, not shrug it off. Driver safety is now paramount, not as good as "The old days". In the old days, you could hit afire hydrant, and still drive home. Nowadays, hit a speed bump wrong, and have to have it towed to a shop. Sure, older cars are more durable, don't last as long or perform as well, but if I recall the time I flipped my mustang, causing a fractured spine and 27 stitches, In a newer car, I'd just been left on the ground. I do have a 2010 car, and a '73 car. While the '73 has a lot of memories, the 2010 is the comfortable choice for day to day, while the 73 is good for weekends,

I flipped a 1984 BMW not that many years back.  It was a little more dukes of hazard than I would have liked, actually.

Hit some ice, lost the rear end into the ditch on the side of the road... nearly recovered, only to have the ditch end in a ramp up to a driveway.  I got air, rolled the car onto it's top and landed in the ditch on the other side of the driveway.  The car was FINE.  Granted, the windshield had given up and flooded the upside down car with muddy water, and the body had seen better days... BUT... tow truck gets there, flips her out of the ditch and goes to hook up the car, and I say wait. Let me try something.  Get in messy car.  Start engine.  Drive home.  She was a mess, but it takes a lot to kill an old car.

/csb

/don't make them like that anymore
//the '05 in the driveway would be a crumpled beer can in that same accident
///but it has ice tires on it during the winter.  I learn.


Modern cars crunch up real bad so your skeleton doesn't. You got lucky. Something will break when a car crashes, and if it isn't the car, a guardrail, or a swamp, it's you.
 
2013-10-15 06:37:19 PM  
FTA: We should all drive safer. This could happen to any of us. - Abigail (@AbbyyyyK) October 14, 2013

Uhhh, no it won't. Not unless we try it.
 
2013-10-15 09:19:06 PM  
Girl at my school died that way (not same area, or bridge, just trying to get air).

Year later bunch of kids got hurt on the same jump rolling their car.

High school kids do stupid things for kicks, feel invincible, film at 11

/every yearbook has a memorium page for the kid that died driving to fast
 
2013-10-16 10:40:48 AM  

Big Ramifications: 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.


I am gay
 
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