How To Turn Your Car Into A Clunker: Kill a Cyclist


Javalina, Wikipedia

Charles Waldrop was riding in a Phoenix bike lane with lights and reflectors, but that didn't save him from being hit and killed by Timothy M. Kissida, driving a '92 BMW, which promptly turned into a clunker with extensive damage to the right side. So the enterprising young man promptly turned it in to the "cash for clunkers" program, saying that he hit a javalina, a type of peccary.

mug shot of the driver

The Phoenix New Times notes that

the dealer connected the dots, and called police, who determined that if the javelina Kissida mentioned was actually a person named Charles Waldrop, he might have been telling the truth.

Kissida was then booked into the Maricopa County Jail, and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and tampering with evidence.

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It reminds me of the story last year about Spanish businessman Tomas Delgado, who tried to sue the family of 17 year old Enaitz Iriondo, who he hit and killed while driving 107 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, for the $20,500 damage to his Audi A8, saying "I'm also a victim in all of this, you can't fix the lad's problems, but you can fix mine."

Perhaps there should be a rule that if you want to own a fancy over-powered German car, you should have to be able to pass a German driving test, which involves first aid courses, eye tests, a 45 minute practical test and a detailed theory test. One website describes it:

The practical, on-the-road training time has to include night driving, autobahn experience, in-town driving, and a multitude of other driving situations. The test for a German driver’s license includes questions about the mechanical aspects of an automobile, in addition to the usual examination on the rules of the road.

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