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Old 08-25-2009, 04:21 AM   #1
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Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

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A P-plate driver was killed and a passenger "lost half her face" after a plan to save petrol backfired.

The 18-year-old Tasmanian driver — "worried" about fuel — turned his car's engine off and removed the keys from the ignition while coming around a bend on a highway, the Mercury newspaper reports.

But he was unable to steer the car out of the path of an oncoming truck after the steering wheel locked.

Three passengers in his car were severely injured, with one female losing half of her face.

The driver, whose name has been suppressed by the Tasmanian Coroners Court, had only been on his P plates for one month before his death.

Coroner Rod Chandler yesterday released his findings into the crash, which occurred in December 2008 during a drive to Hobart on the Channel Highway at Margate in the state's south east.

He described the driver's act as "ignorant", saying the teenager's death could have been avoided if he knew enough about the vehicle he was driving.

"This crash occurred as a consequence of the deceased deliberately removing the key from the ignition while his car was still in motion," Mr Chandler said.

"As a consequence, the engine disengaged and the steering wheel locked as soon as an attempt was made to steer the vehicle.

"I am satisfied that it occurred in this instance not because the deceased was being foolhardy or irresponsible but rather because of his ignorance of its effect upon his capacity to manage the vehicle."

Mr Chandler said the teenager was coming around a left-hand bend with the engine off when the car skidded across the road and into the path of a Volvo truck.

Mr Chandler said speed and the fact the driver of the truck had minor traces of marijuana in his system had nothing to do with the accident.

"Quite clearly it is an extremely dangerous act to remove a key from a vehicle's ignition whilst it is still in motion," he said.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/...to-save-petrol
I facepalmed at the fucking stupidity of the kid...
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:33 AM   #2
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

Aww.. It sure did hurt.
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:39 AM   #3
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

yeah, especially for the chick with half a face =/
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:04 AM   #4
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

wow. that was smart
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

Just give her a coin and she become Australia's Two face
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

Who in the Hell would think that was even a remotely good idea?
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Mmmm, natural selection.
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Mmmm, natural selection.
And so the gene pool becomes stronger.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:50 PM   #9
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

Holy shit. Losing half of your fucking face? Sounds like something from Berserk.


Oh yeah, and that was definitely a stupid way to die. But the idea of it sounds fun. Stop your car in the middle of a highway, try to dodge other cars moving at 60-70 miles per hour.........etc.
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

I love how the coroner says: "I am satisfied that it occurred in this instance not because the deceased was being foolhardy or irresponsible but rather because of his ignorance of its effect upon his capacity to manage the vehicle." Awesome.
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1) His car wasn't stopped.

2) Runways don't have cars on them.
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

1.) "Stopping" your car is the same as turning the engine off.

2.) I meant to say highway. So thanks for the correction.
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

You can't dodge anything if your steering wheel won't turn. Which is what happens when you turn your car off. Which is why this kid is was extra strength stupid.
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

So I can cheat the Stop Sign System by simply turning my engine off and rolling on through? BADASS.
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Re: Teen Driver Killed Trying to Save Petrol

There's obviously more than one way to use the word stop in this situation.

I was using it in the sense that the car was turned off, it stopped running (not moving, running. As in when something is on, like a fucking engine). I obviously didn't mean putting the brake on your car and stopping it completely. Because right after, I stated "try to dodge cars moving at 60-70 miles per hour." You can't exactly do that if your car isn't moving in the first place.


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You can't dodge anything if your steering wheel won't turn.
I know, which is why I only said the original idea of it is fun. But what you just wrote is the main factor as to why I wouldn't do it. Furthermore, with unwilling people in the car. But in the end, it was never his intention to have fun. The person now dead, I mean.

And he wasn't "extra strength stupid" just because he didn't know that the wheel wouldn't turn. It was a stupid decision, yeah. But it doesn't make him completely stupid unless he has been doing shit like that all his life.

"Wow, he didn't know one basic thing. He lacked some basic education on driving and cars. He's so fucking retarded now!"

Oh yeah, and I just have to say this again.

She got half of her face ripped off? God damn.
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