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Driver blames solar eclipse for car accident

By SYF77 on 26 May 2012

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Sunday,20 May 2012, was marked by an interesting astronomical phenomenon whereby an annular (ring-shaped) solar eclipse occured when Earth’s moon passes between our planet and the sun. Interestingly, the event became an excuse for a car accident.

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A 26 year-old lady driver from San Bruno, California, claimed that she was temporarily blinded by the partial solar eclipse and ran into a mother and daughter crossing a street in South San Francisco. She was driving west on Grand Avenue at 7:10 p.m. when she hit the pedestrians crossing at Walnut Avenue.

As a result, the 10 year-old girl suffered a broken arm while her 40 year-old mother was treated for minor bumps and bruises. Police said the driver was not charged with a crime. Grand Avenue is known to be hazardous to westbound drivers during sunset hours due to the sun’s glare. Warning signs are posted along the route to remind the drivers to drive carefully.

I do not think that the lady driver’s argument holds water. One should be aware of the driving conditions and be extra careful when required. For instance, a driver should cater for longer braking distance during wet weather.

To end this blog, I would like to dedicate the song, 月亮惹的祸 (Moon’s fault) by Phil Chang, to this lady driver.


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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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