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BulletinBoardToughGuy
July 16, 2003, 08:37 PM
After seeing on the news the kind of destruction that they are capable of, I am ready to vote for a complete and immediate ban of Buicks. I know you nuts will never admit it, but Buicks aren't good for anything but killing:


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Car Plows Into Crowded Santa Monica Farmers Market

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — An elderly man drove several blocks through a crowded farmers market Wednesday afternoon, killing eight people and injuring up to 45 pedestrians, 15 critically.


One of the fatalities was a 3-year-old girl, according to the Santa Monica Police Department (search).

Fifteen of the victims were critically injured, Police Chief James T. Butts Jr. said.

Witnesses said victims were hurled through the air as the car, running down a street closed for the once-a-week market, smashed through market tents and boxes of produce.

"It was like a hurricane just came down the center of the street," said Megan Sheehy, general manager of a nearby restaurant.

Butts said 20 to 30 people had moderate or light injuries.

Police said the driver was in his 80s but did not release his name. Butts said the man was taken to a hospital for a blood test and initial results found no traces of alcohol.

The chief said he did not know whether the tragedy was a crime or an accident.

Witnesses said the 1992 Buick was moving very fast down the three downtown blocks of Arizona Avenue that were closed for the street market.

"Sixty miles per hour and it wasn't slowing down. It was flying. And then people down, dead and everything," said David Lang, manager of a shoe store along the market route.

"I heard a car just hit, bang, bang, bang," said Mojgan Pour, 38. "I heard people screaming. By the time I looked, I never even saw the car. I tried to help a man and he died while I was helping him."

Bahram Manahedgi, 50, said one person was on the hood of the car when it finally came to rest, and a woman was crushed beneath it.

Manahedgi said that when he went to pull the driver out, "he was an old man. His eyes were open and he was alive. I said, 'Do you know what the hell you did?' He said, 'No.' I just opened the door, I pulled him out."

A crowd gathered around the car and "wanted to beat him up," Manahedgi said. "I said, 'He's an old man, leave him alone."'

The car was extensively damaged, including a smashed front end and windshield. What appeared to be shoes were on its roof.

Department of Motor Vehicle records showed the car was registered to a Santa Monica couple. A woman who answered the phone at the couple's home said she was housesitting and did not know anything about the crash.

David Allwas told KABC-TV by telephone that the driver of the car looked like he might be having a heart attack.

"His arm was straight on the wheel and his body was stiff," Allwas said.

He said he saw as many as 12 people bleeding and injured.

"You just have to pray because I saw this little girl get CPR and I saw this other woman who I think died," Allwas said.

Ronald Gaba was working inside Acadie restaurant on Arizona Street when he heard screams from the sidewalk.

"During the time, there was a lot of crying," Gaba said. "I came outside and saw one body covered by a cloth. I can't describe what is happening, it's something I've never seen before."

The Wednesday market bisects oceanside Santa Monica's popular Third Street pedestrian promenade and is near the famous Santa Monica Pier. It draws thousands of shoppers.

Fox News' Adam Housley and The Associated Press contributed to this report

Hey, does this make me a troll? :evil:

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Mal H
July 16, 2003, 08:41 PM
Already reported here: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=31475

And as Art said in that one, tragic for sure ... and OT.

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