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Woman killed in Miami-Dade after being struck by her own SUV
The Miami Herald ^ | September 9, 2011 | Diana Moskovitz

Posted on 09/09/2011 7:07:01 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY— A woman was killed by her own SUV Thursday night after she left it in reverse in a central Miami-Dade parking garage and the vehicle slammed into her, according to Miami-Dade police.

About 6:20 p.m., the woman began to pull out of a parking space at Burger King's corporate headquarters, 5505 Blue Lagoon Dr., police said.

While backing out, she hit a vehicle next to hers. She stopped and got out of her BMW SUV to check the damage, police spokesman Detective Roy Rutland said.

(Excerpt) Read more at sun-sentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: suv; suvs
Beware of killer SUVs.
1 posted on 09/09/2011 7:07:04 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Was it named “Christine”?


2 posted on 09/09/2011 7:09:57 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: ConservativeStatement

Doesn’t sound like a very good driver. Sad.


3 posted on 09/09/2011 7:10:36 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (PC)
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To: ConservativeStatement

It happened to a friend of mine. He got out to check some damage and his car ran over him


4 posted on 09/09/2011 7:12:19 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The poor woman. I can easily understand how this could happen. You hit the vehicle next to you and get very flustered, forget to put your car in Park, and BAM. Not always easy to keep your wits about you in stressful situations.


5 posted on 09/09/2011 7:13:00 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ConservativeStatement

I can understand how this happened. She was so upset and shocked that she had hit someones car that she forgot to put it in park. Tragic mistake.


6 posted on 09/09/2011 7:13:08 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ConservativeStatement

SUV’s = What happens when possessed 1950’s hotrods like “Christine” get old.


7 posted on 09/09/2011 7:13:15 AM PDT by Grunthor
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To: ConservativeStatement

Nope, it’s the killer automatic transmissions that are at fault. Ban ‘em.


8 posted on 09/09/2011 7:18:41 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Yep - She’d be alive today if only she learned to drive a stick shift ...


9 posted on 09/09/2011 7:21:11 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: ilovesarah2012

I agree. And I’m sure some are thinking “stupid woman driver”. But I think it is also a freak accidient for one simple reason: When something really bad happens, people can do dumb things. I remember witnessing a really bad thing and I could not successfully dial 911. I kept screwing it up. It was a real eye opener for me.

This woman was shocked into just getting out of the car to see what happened and forgot to routinely put it in park before she did so.

This is sad, but it is a good lesson in why we need to respect the potential damage that can be done by a two or three ton vehicle at low speed.


10 posted on 09/09/2011 7:21:38 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: cuban leaf
"we need to respect the potential damage that can be done by a two or three ton vehicle at low speed."

Yep, ever try to push one of those things by hand?

11 posted on 09/09/2011 7:25:00 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ConservativeStatement
This tragic story reminds me of the mindfulness and care required when dealing with cars - not just when driving - but outside your car.

Our brains are on over- drive with information. Wrong gear when your car needs you.

12 posted on 09/09/2011 7:25:16 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not madhttp://atlasshrugs2000e in the USA either.. .)
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To: Ken522
She'd have to buy an SUV with one (non-trivial task these days for the big ones.)

Automatics are why those 6 and 7 yr. olds can go joy riding in their parents' vehicles. Ban 'em, for the children of course.

13 posted on 09/09/2011 7:28:22 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: cuban leaf
...we need to respect the potential damage that can be done by a two or three ton vehicle at low speed.

So true!

14 posted on 09/09/2011 7:30:40 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: Paladin2

>> Yep, ever try to push one of those things by hand?

Piece of cake! Downhill, anyway. Be sure and take the park brake off.

It’s a challenge on level ground, but that’s one reason I married Mrs. Tick. “My back hurts, honey! I’ll steer...”

Uphill? Fuhgettaboudit.


15 posted on 09/09/2011 7:35:31 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Now THIS incident really IS an evil SUV thing.

Do we really need any more reason to ban them forever? :-)


16 posted on 09/09/2011 7:36:41 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick

Darwin Award candidate.


17 posted on 09/09/2011 7:37:58 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: ConservativeStatement

Why hasn’t the SUV been charged?


18 posted on 09/09/2011 7:41:40 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Paladin2

Ever actually get one going pretty fast by pushing it on a flat surface, and then have to run to the front to slow it down without the brakes? It’s an “interesting” experience.


19 posted on 09/09/2011 7:42:07 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: stayathomemom; All
Following is a true story....happened about 25 years ago on Long Island..

Woman in her 60's was going out to do some errands. Her garage door wans't working..they were coming the next day to fix it...She opens her garage door manually, then gets in the car, with her dog, a Jack Russell terrier. She backs the car out of the garage, puts it in park, gets out to close the garage door. The dog is excited...Russell's are by nature..and this is a change of routine...Dog stands up on the seat, his paw s on the dash..looking out at his mistress...he must have been jumping around, because he knocked the shift lever ( on the steering column) out of PARK, into DRIVE....car went forward, and crushed the lady to death against the garage door...she'd apparently just finished closing it, and was bending down in front of the car, and the dog lost sight of her, whuich was why it was jumping around...

Weird, eh?

20 posted on 09/09/2011 7:43:17 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the EARTH...it's the ONLY planet with CHOCOLATE!!!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

SUV’s don’t kill people...unengaged shift levers kill people...


21 posted on 09/09/2011 7:43:18 AM PDT by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: cuban leaf

It’s good to carry some chocks to throw in its way. I never stand in front of the direction of travel. Better to pull the mirrors off. Leave the driver’s door open so you can jump in to steer or brake.


22 posted on 09/09/2011 7:46:17 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

“Nope, it’s the killer automatic transmissions that are at fault. Ban ‘em.”

After 40 years of driving stick shifts, I have a hard time driving an automatic.


23 posted on 09/09/2011 7:47:20 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Paladin2

Or you can try to pre-place some chocks/barrier.


24 posted on 09/09/2011 7:48:35 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: USMCPOP
"I have a hard time driving an automatic."

Me too. Occasionally I'll hit the wider brake pedal while trying to push in the non-existant clutch pedal.

25 posted on 09/09/2011 7:50:40 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nervous Tick

I used to push start my VW bug on level ground all by myself. Picking a parking spot with at least a slight downhill is still wired into my thinking.


26 posted on 09/09/2011 7:53:17 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

>> I used to push start my VW bug on level ground all by myself

Yeah, I had a bus; it was only a little harder to push.

Fixing a broken starter on a VW is actually optional when you’re young and poor. So is buying a new fanbelt, if you have access to an old pair of pantyhose. There are things I miss about those days...


27 posted on 09/09/2011 8:08:19 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Where do such dopes get the money to buy such fancy BMW SUV? From their boyfriend or husband


28 posted on 09/09/2011 8:15:13 AM PDT by dennisw (nzt - works better if you're already smart)
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To: Nervous Tick

And don’t forget tires. Ran my VW tires down to the canvas a few times. Took only a pointed stone to get a flat, fuggedabout a nail.


29 posted on 09/09/2011 8:20:56 AM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He hate me)
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To: Nervous Tick
"There are things I miss about those days..."

The one thing I don't miss is screwing with the points and timing frequently.

30 posted on 09/09/2011 8:22:46 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ConservativeStatement

Good thing the SUV didn’t have an assault rifle.


31 posted on 09/09/2011 8:26:05 AM PDT by wbill
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To: ConservativeStatement

We need to outlaw SUV’s and only drive motor vehicles. That will keep us safe.


32 posted on 09/09/2011 8:30:45 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Paladin2
She'd have to buy an SUV with one (non-trivial task these days for the big ones.)

Ironically BMW is the one SUV brand that offers a real stick shift option. The BMW is a safe SUV, for people that stay on the inside anyway.

33 posted on 09/09/2011 8:42:44 AM PDT by Reeses (At work avoid small talk about politicized subjects such as the weather.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
About 6:20 p.m., the woman began to pull out of a parking space at Burger King's corporate headquarters...

The King claims another victim!


34 posted on 09/09/2011 8:50:04 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Paladin2
Automatics are why those 6 and 7 yr. olds can go joy riding in their parents' vehicles.

Also useful for the disabled.

35 posted on 09/09/2011 8:55:49 AM PDT by 1forall (America - my home, my land, my country.)
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To: Paladin2

>> The one thing I don’t miss is screwing with the points and timing frequently.

That, and taking off all that !@#$%^ shroud sheetmetal for plug changes and valve adjustment. If I remember correctly, it was damn near impossible to get plugs out and back through the wire hole.

It got to where I’d made a floor jack adapter to support the engine and I’d just pull the engine out of the bus for most everything. Four nuts, throttle, generator wire, fuel line... I think that was it. I could get my engine out in ten minutes; maybe fifteen or twenty to get ‘er back in and reconnected.


36 posted on 09/09/2011 9:15:00 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick

I had a VW bug back in the day. It wouldn’t start a lot of times because the points were corroded. My mechanic (wonderful Cuban man) told me to just use an emery board and file them and it worked every time. You could fix those cars forever.


37 posted on 09/09/2011 10:30:23 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (PC)
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