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John “Jack” Mack, who co-founded Mack Trucks, Inc.—then known as the Mack Brothers Company—with his brothers Augustus and William, is killed when his car collides with a trolley in Pennsylvania on March 14, 1924.

After the Mack brothers sold their company to investors in 1911, it continued to flourish, becoming one of North America’s largest makers of heavy-duty trucks. During World War I, Mack built thousands of trucks for the American and British governments. The company acquired its trademark bulldog logo when British soldiers said the truck’s blunt-nosed hood and durability reminded them of their country’s mascot, the bulldog. In 1922, the company was renamed Mack Trucks, Inc.

In 2001, Mack was acquired by Volvo of Sweden. Today, the expression “it hit me like a Mack truck” (meaning something that creates a powerful impact) is part of the American lexicon.

READ MORE: Cars That Made America


2008 Bathurst Boys in Red accident

The Boys in Red accident [a] was a January 12, 2008 collision just outside the city of Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada, between a semi-trailer truck and a van carrying the basketball team from Bathurst High School. The accident killed seven students and the wife of the coach, and injured four other occupants in the van. [2] It was the deadliest transportation accident in New Brunswick since 1989, when a logging truck tipped onto a hayride in Cormier Village, killing 13. [3] It was the deadliest bus accident involving a sports team in Canada until the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in April 2018.

Boys in Red accident
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Date0:08 AST (4:08 UTC) [1] January 12, 2008 ( 2008-01-12 )
LocationRoute 8 near Bathurst, New Brunswick
Statistics
VehiclesFord Club Wagon, Mack truck
Passengers12
Deaths8
Injured4

The accident was followed by a national day of mourning in Canada, and a ban on all E350 Ford Club Wagon type vehicles being used for student transport in New Brunswick. Two investigations, one by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the other by Transport Canada, found that the cause of the disaster was a combination of poor road conditions, lack of proper snow tires, and possible driver error. Pressure from the public and victims' families prompted the chief coroner of the province to launch an inquiry, which produced recommendations to improve student transport safety in New Brunswick. The provincial government agreed with the majority of the suggestions and has since enacted many of them.


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According to the American Federal Bureau of Investigation, the tactic has gained popularity because "Vehicle ramming offers terrorists with limited access to explosives or weapons an opportunity to conduct a homeland attack with minimal prior training or experience." [1] Counterterrorism researcher Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies told Slate that the tactic has been on the rise in Israel because, "the security barrier is fairly effective, which makes it hard to get bombs into the country." [12] In 2010, Inspire, the online, English-language magazine produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula urged mujahideen to choose "pedestrian only" locations and make sure to gain speed before ramming their vehicles into the crowd in order to "achieve maximum carnage". [12]

Vehicle attacks can be carried out by lone-wolf terrorists who are inspired by an ideology, but who are not actually working within a specific political movement or group. [13] Writing for The Daily Beast, Jacob Siegel suggests that the perpetrator of the 2014 Couture-Rouleau attack may be "the kind of terrorist the West could be seeing a lot more of in the future", a kind that he describes, following Brian Jenkins of the Rand Corporation, as "stray dogs", rather than lone wolves, characterizing them as "misfits" who are "moved from seething anger to spontaneous deadly action" by exposure to Islamist propaganda. [14] A 2014 propaganda video by ISIL encouraged French sympathizers to use cars to run down civilians. [15]

According to Clint Watts, of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where he is a senior fellow and expert on terrorism, the older model where members of groups like al-Qaeda would "plan and train together before going to carry out an attack, became defunct around 2005", due to increased surveillance by Western security agencies. [14] Watts says that Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born al-Qaeda imam, as a key figure in this shift, addressing English-speakers in their own language and urging them to "Do your own terrorism and stay in place." [14]

Jamie Bartlett, who heads the Violence and Extremism Program at Demos, a British think tank, explains that "the internet in the last few years has both increased the possibilities and the likelihood of lone-wolf terrorism," supplying isolated individuals with ideological motivation and technique. [16] For authorities in Western countries, the difficulty is that even in a case like that of the perpetrator of the 2014 Couture-Rouleau attack, where Canadian police had identified the attacker, taken away his passport, and were working with his family and community to steer him away from jihad, vehicle attacks can be hard to prevent because, "it's very difficult to know exactly what an individual is planning to do before a crime is committed. We cannot arrest someone for thinking radical thoughts it's not a crime in Canada." [16] [17]

According to Stratfor, the American global intelligence firm, "while not thus far as deadly as suicide bombing", this tactic could prove more difficult to prevent. No single group has claimed responsibility for the incidents. [3] [ clarification needed ] Experts see a sort of saving grace in the ignorance and incompetence of most lone wolf terrorists, who often manage to murder very few people. [16]

Vehicular ramming has sometimes been advocated as a means to deal with protesters who block public roadways in the United States. Two police officers were suspended and fired in January and June 2016, respectively, for tweeting such advice in relation to Black Lives Matter rallies, which have sometimes been broken up by cars. North Dakota state legislator Keith Kempenich tried and failed to pass a law granting civil immunity to drivers who accidentally hit activists, after his mother-in-law was stopped by Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, and Tennessee Senator Bill Ketron did likewise after a man hit an anti-Trump group. Similar legislation has been introduced in Florida and Texas. [18] After the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, in which an anti-fascist protester was killed in a vehicle ramming attack, media outlets Fox News and The Daily Caller deleted videos which encouraged driving through crowds of protesters. [19]

Vehicles are as easy to acquire as knives, but unlike knives, which may arouse suspicion if found in one's possession, vehicles are essential for daily life, and the capability of vehicles to cause casualties if used aggressively is underestimated. [20]


This Day In Automotive History

January 27, 1965
On this day in 1965, the Shelby GT 350, a version of a Ford Mustang sports car developed by the American auto racer and car designer Carroll Shelby, is launched. The Shelby GT 350, which featured a 306 horsepower V-8 engine, remained in production through the end of the 1960s and today is a valuable collector's item.
Carroll Shelby was born in Texas in 1923 and gained fame in the racing world in the 1950s. Among his accomplishments was a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959, making him just the second American ever to win the iconic endurance race. By the early 1960s, Shelby had retired from racing for health reasons and was designing high-performance cars. He became known for his race cars, including the Cobra and the Ford GT40, as well as such muscle cars as the Shelby GT 350. According to The New York Times: "In the 60's, at the apex of the Southern California car efflorescence, his name was synonymous with muscle cars, relatively small vehicles with big, beefy engines. It was an era that many car buffs consider Detroit's golden age, and Mr. Shelby was arguably its prime mover."
The Shelby GT 350 was an iteration of the first Ford Mustang, which was officially unveiled by Henry Ford II at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, on April 17, 1964. That same day, the new car also debuted in Ford showrooms across America and almost 22,000 Mustangs were immediately snapped up by buyers. Named for a World War II fighter plane, the Ford Mustang had a long hood and short rear deck. More than 400,000 Mustangs sold within its first year of production, far exceeding sales expectations. Over the ensuing decades, the Mustang has undergone numerous evolutions and remains in production today, with more than 9 million sold.
In addition to collaborating with Ford, Shelby partnered with other automakers, including Chrysler, for whom he designed the Dodge Viper sports car, which launched in 1992.
The Times in 2003 quoted comedian Jay Leno, an avid car collector who has owned several Shelby cars, as saying: "Carroll is sort of like the car world's Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays. Unlike so many racers, he didn't come from a rich family, so he signifies that everyman, common-sense ideal. When I was kid, American cars were big, clunky things, until Carroll used his ingenuity to make them compete with European cars. He was a populist, the kind of guy that other car buffs could emulate."

Carol Shelby during his racing days.

Carol Shelby in 2007

Shelby beside his 1957 Maserati 450S at Virginia International Raceway in 2007


'65 Shelby Mustang GT350


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Previously, NHTSA said it had opened 28 special crash investigations into Tesla crashes, with 24 pending. The spreadsheet shows a February 2019 crash where Autopilot use was undetermined.

On Wednesday, Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell cited Tesla crashes as the panel voted against moving ahead with regulations to speed the adoption of self-driving cars.

'It seems like every other week we're hearing about a new vehicle that crashed when it was on Autopilot' Cantwell said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a list offering details about crashes under review by its Special Crash Investigations programs. Pictured: A Tesla logo is seen in Los Angeles [file photo]

How does Tesla's Autopilot work?

Autopilot uses cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar to see and sense the environment around the car.

The sensor and camera suite provides drivers with an awareness of their surroundings that a driver alone would not otherwise have.

A powerful onboard computer processes these inputs in a matter of milliseconds to help what the company say makes driving 'safer and less stressful.'

Autopilot is a hands-on driver assistance system that is intended to be used only with a fully attentive driver.

It does not turn a Tesla into a self-driving car nor does it make a car autonomous.

Before enabling Autopilot, driver must agree to 'keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times' and to always 'maintain control and responsibility for your car.'

Once engaged, if insufficient torque is applied, Autopilot will also deliver an escalating series of visual and audio warnings, reminding drivers to place their hands on the wheel.

If drivers repeatedly ignore the warnings, they are locked out from using Autopilot during that trip.

Any of Autopilot's features can be overridden at any time by steering or applying the brakes.

The Autopilot does not function well in poor visibility.

NHTSA said in a statement it has 'not yet finalized the list of Model Year 2022 vehicles' for testing.

When it comes to laws governing autonomous vehicles, the US is made up of a patchwork of legislation that varies state-by-state, but currently, there is nowhere where it is strictly illegal to own and operate a totally self-driving vehicle.

Some states, however, have enacted law regulating or authorizing them, but no state has out-right banned them.

So far twenty-nine states—Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin and Washington D.C. have enacted legislation related to autonomous vehicles.

In a Feb. 1 letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt urged the department to enact regulations governing driver-assist systems such as Autopilot, as well as testing of autonomous vehicles.

NHTSA has relied mainly on voluntary guidelines for the vehicles, taking a hands-off approach so it won´t hinder development of new safety technology.

Sumwalt said that Tesla is using people who have bought the cars to test 'Full Self-Driving' software on public roads with limited oversight or reporting requirements.

'Because NHTSA has put in place no requirements, manufacturers can operate and test vehicles virtually anywhere, even if the location exceeds the AV (autonomous vehicle) control system´s limitations,' Sumwalt wrote.

He added: 'Although Tesla includes a disclaimer that "currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous," NHTSA's hands-off approach to oversight of AV testing poses a potential risk to motorists and other road users.'

The NHTSA, which has authority to regulate automated driving systems and seek recalls if necessary, seems to have developed a renewed interest in the systems since President Joe Biden took office.

Of the 30 Tesla crashes, NHTSA has ruled out Tesla's Autopilot in three and published reports on two of the crashes. Pictured: Elon Musk, Tesla's founder and CEO

In spite of billions of dollars spent thus far, automakers have yet to produce a vehicle with full autonomy.

Tesla's system has reached Level 2 autonomy under the scale of the Society of Automotive Engineers, still a way from full autonomy and requiring a person in the driver's seat who can take control if necessary.

California regulators have said they are reviewing whether Tesla's marketing misleads consumers - specifically, whether it has violated a regulation that 'prohibits a company from advertising vehicles for sale or lease as autonomous unless the vehicle meets the statutory and regulatory definition of an autonomous vehicle,' the Department of Motor Vehicles told AFP news agency.

The spreadsheet also notes the NHTSA has opened six other investigations into six other crashes involving driver assistance systems, including two involving Cadillac vehicles in which there were no reported injuries.

The other four include two involved a 2012 Lexus RX450H and 2017 Navya Arma in which there were no reported injuries.

The remaining two involved 2017 Volvo XC90 vehicles, including an Uber Technologies self-driving test vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in 2018.

Uber made a series of development decisions that contributed to the crash's cause and deactivated the automatic emergency braking systems in the Volvo XC90 vehicle, safety investigators found.

History of fatal crashes tied to Tesla Autopilot

January 20, 2016 in China: Gao Yaning, 23, died when the Tesla Model S he was driving slammed into a road sweeper on a highway near Handan, a city about 300 miles south of Beijing. Chinese media reported that Autopilot was engaged.

Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio died in an Autopilot crash in May 2016

May 7, 2016 in Williston, Florida: Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio died when cameras in his Tesla Model S failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky.

The NTSB found that the truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation were the probable cause of the crash.

The NTSB also noted that Tesla Autopilot permitted the car driver to become dangerously disengaged with driving. A DVD player and Harry Potter movies were found in the car.

March 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California: Apple software engineer Walter Huang, 38, died in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 with the Autopilot on his Tesla engaged.

The vehicle accelerated to 71 mph seconds before crashing into a freeway barrier, federal investigators found.

The NTSB, in a preliminary report on the crash, also said that data shows the Model X SUV did not brake or try to steer around the barrier in the three seconds before the crash in Silicon Valley.

Crash scene photos show the wreck on March 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California

March 1, 2019 in Delray, Florida: Jeremy Banner, 50, died when his 2018 Tesla Model 3 slammed into a semi-truck.

NTSB investigators said Banner turned on the autopilot feature about 10 seconds before the crash, and the autopilot did not execute any evasive maneuvers to avoid the crash.

April 17, 2021 in Houston, Texas

A Tesla smashed into a tree and burst into flames in Texas, resulting in the deaths of two men - the car's owner Doctor William Varner, and his pal Everette Talbot.

Police had said it was apparent that there was no one in the driver's seat at the time of the crash in the wealthy The Woodlands neighborhood of Houston, on April 17.

But Tesla had refuted police's claims, saying a deformed steering wheel suggested that someone was likely in the driver's seat.

Varner, 59, and Talbot, 69, both died in the fatal crash when the Tesla Model S - bought second-hand off eBay in January - smashed into a tree and burst into flames.

Dr. William Varner, 59, and Everette Talbot, 69, both died in the fatal crash when the Tesla Model S smashed into a tree and burst into flames

May 5, Los Angeles, California

Steven Michael Hendrickson, 35, was killed when his white Tesla Model 3 struck an overturned semi-truck at about 2.30am on May 5

Steven Michael Hendrickson, 35, was killed when his white Tesla Model 3 struck an overturned semi-truck at about 2.30am on May 5.

Before his death, the married father of two posted social media videos of himself riding in the electric vehicle without his hands on the wheel or foot on its pedal.

The crash happened on the 210 Freeway near Fontana, California - about 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

A preliminary investigation determined that the Tesla's partially automated driving system called Autopilot 'was engaged' prior to the crash.

A spokesman added that no final conclusion had been reached on what exactly had caused the fatal crash - the 29th involving a Tesla to have been probed by federal agency the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The Mack truck, which the Tesla collided with, had crashed and overturned just five minutes earlier, blocking two lanes of the highway, according to a highway patrol report.


IN Man Justin M. Rangel ID’d As Victim In Tuesday Morning North Vernon Vehicle Crash Involving Mack Truck

NORTH VERNON, IN. (THECOUNT) — Justin Michael Rangel, of Osgood, Indiana, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Tuesday morning vehicle crash near North Vernon.

Rangel, 26, died in a two-vehicle crash in North Vernon on US-50 on Tuesday.

According to Indiana State Police, Rangel was operating Ford Taurus on US-50 near State Road 3, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and exited the roadway and into opposing lanes.

The Taurus then came into head-on contact with a Mack semi-truck pulling a loaded trailer. The truck was operated by Todd E. Lennartz, age 49, Fort Recovery, Ohio.

North Vernon Police Department, and Jennings County Sheriff’s Office responded.

Lennartz was transported to St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, reports GovDelivery.

Rangle was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Toxicology results on both drivers are pending at this time.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

According to Facebook, Rangle worked at Valeo, Science, Technology & Engineering company.

Friends anf family members took to Facebook to remember the beloved young man:

Geo quick facts: North Vernon is a city in Jennings County, Indiana, United States. The population was 6,728 at the 2010 census – Wikipedia.


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Investigations are now ongoing into 30 Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths linked to the cars' assisted driver system, a U.S. auto safety regulator has revealed.

Autopilot safety has received new attention after a fiery April 17 crash that killed two men in Texas in which police had said they believed no one was behind the wheel.

Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a list - seen by Reuters - offering details about crashes under review by its Special Crash Investigations programs.

The spreadsheet shows NHTSA has opened eight investigations into Tesla crashes since March alone, and 30 in total - 10 of which resulted in fatalities.

NHTSA had already confirmed that it was investigating the Texas crash, saying in May it was '100 per cent sure' no one was driving the 2019 Tesla Model S.

Investigations have been opened into 30 Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths since 2016 where advanced driver assistance systems were suspected of use, U.S. auto safety regulators said on Thursday. Pictured: The remains of a Tesla vehicle are seen after it crashed in The Woodlands, Texas, April 17, 2021 that caused the issue to gain new attention

The issue has gotten new attention after a fiery April 17 crash (pictured) that killed two men in Texas in which police had said they believed no one was behind the wheel

The National Transportation Safety Board said in May that testing suggested the vehicle's automated steering system was 'not available' on the road where the accident occurred

The Tesla smashed into a tree and burst into flames, resulting in the deaths of the two men - the car's owner Doctor William Varner, and his pal Everette Talbot.

Police had said it was apparent that there was no one in the driver's seat at the time of the crash in the wealthy The Woodlands neighborhood of Houston, on April 17.

But Tesla had refuted the police claims, saying a deformed steering wheel suggested that someone was likely in the driver's seat.

Varner, 59, and Talbot, 69, both died in the fatal crash when the Tesla Model S - bought second-hand off eBay in January - smashed into a tree and burst into flames.

The car's batteries burned for four hours afterwards.

Another fatal crash on May 5 near Los Angeles is also under investigation by the agency. In that case, the driver had posted images on social media of himself 'driving' his Tesla without his hands on the wheel.

The Model 3 Tesla crashed into an overturned Mack truck, and the driver - later identified as Steven Michael Hendrickson, a 35-year-old from Running Springs - was pronounced dead on the scene.

The crash happened on the 210 Freeway near Fontana, California - about 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

The agency had not previously released a full tally of all Tesla crashes investigated where Tesla's Autopilot system was suspected of being involved.

The wreckage of the white Tesla Model 3 is seen in aerial footage in Los Angeles, May 5

Steven Michael Hendrickson, 35, was killed when his Tesla Model 3 struck an overturned semi about 2.30am. He posted numerous photos of his Tesla Model 3 to social media in 2020, showing his hands not on the wheel

Tesla driver, 35, killed in crash previously shared shared videos of himself driving car without his hands on the wheel or foot on its pedal, investigators have said

Of the 30 Tesla crashes, NHTSA has ruled out Tesla's Autopilot in three and published reports on two of the crashes.

Autopilot was operating in at least three Tesla vehicles involved in fatal U.S. crashes since 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported.

In the case of the Texas crash, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in May that testing suggested the vehicle's automated steering system was 'not available' on the road where the accident occurred.

The NTSB has criticized Tesla's lack of system safeguards for Autopilot, which allows drivers to keep their hands off the wheel for extended periods.

Tesla did not immediately respond to Reuters news agency to a request for comment.

The agency first sought a full list from NHTSA more than a year ago under a public records request. The list only includes the state and month the crashes occurred.

Previously, NHTSA said it had opened 28 special crash investigations into Tesla crashes, with 24 pending. The spreadsheet shows a February 2019 crash where Autopilot use was undetermined.

On Wednesday, Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell cited Tesla crashes as the panel voted against moving ahead with regulations to speed the adoption of self-driving cars.

'It seems like every other week we're hearing about a new vehicle that crashed when it was on Autopilot' Cantwell said.

Separately, NHTSA has conducted no new tests after it withdrew its designation last month that some newer Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles as having four advanced safety features after the automaker said it was removing radar sensors to transition to a camera-based Autopilot system.

The agency said Thursday that after discussions with Tesla it restored the lane departure warning designation after Tesla confirmed the technology was unaffected.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a list offering details about crashes under review by its Special Crash Investigations programs. Pictured: A Tesla logo is seen in Los Angeles [file photo]

NHTSA said in a statement it has 'not yet finalized the list of Model Year 2022 vehicles' for testing.

When it comes to laws governing autonomous vehicles, the US is made up of a patchwork of legislation that varies state-by-state, but currently, nowhere in the US is it strictly illegal to own and operate a totally self-driving vehicle.

Some states, however, have enacted law regulating or authorizing them, but no state has out-right banned them.

So far twenty-nine states—Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin and Washington D.C. have enacted legislation related to autonomous vehicles.

In a Feb. 1 letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt urged the department to enact regulations governing driver-assist systems such as Autopilot, as well as testing of autonomous vehicles.

NHTSA has relied mainly on voluntary guidelines for the vehicles, taking a hands-off approach so it won´t hinder development of new safety technology.

Sumwalt said that Tesla is using people who have bought the cars to test 'Full Self-Driving' software on public roads with limited oversight or reporting requirements.

'Because NHTSA has put in place no requirements, manufacturers can operate and test vehicles virtually anywhere, even if the location exceeds the AV (autonomous vehicle) control system´s limitations,' Sumwalt wrote.

He added: 'Although Tesla includes a disclaimer that `currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous,´ NHTSA´s hands-off approach to oversight of AV testing poses a potential risk to motorists and other road users.'

NHTSA, which has authority to regulate automated driving systems and seek recalls if necessary, seems to have developed a renewed interest in the systems since President Joe Biden took office.

Of the 30 Tesla crashes, NHTSA has ruled out Tesla's Autopilot in three and published reports on two of the crashes. Pictured: Elon Musk, Tesla's founder and CEO

In spite of billions of dollars spent thus far, automakers have yet to produce a vehicle with full autonomy.

Tesla's system has reached Level 2 autonomy under the scale of the Society of Automotive Engineers, still a ways from full autonomy and requiring a person in the driver's seat who can take control if necessary.

California regulators have said they are reviewing whether Tesla's marketing misleads consumers - specifically, whether it has violated a regulation that 'prohibits a company from advertising vehicles for sale or lease as autonomous unless the vehicle meets the statutory and regulatory definition of an autonomous vehicle,' the Department of Motor Vehicles told AFP news agency.

The spreadsheet also notes NHTSA has opened six other investigations into six other crashes involving driver assistance systems, including two involving Cadillac vehicles in which there were no reported injuries.

The other four include two involved a 2012 Lexus RX450H and 2017 Navya Arma in which there were no reported injuries.

The remaining two involved 2017 Volvo XC90 vehicles, including an Uber Technologies self-driving test vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in 2018.

Uber made a series of development decisions that contributed to the crash's cause and deactivated the automatic emergency braking systems in the Volvo XC90 vehicle, safety investigators found.


West Windsor crash kills South Brunswick benefactor, driver charged with DWI, death by auto

Chuck Inman, in a 2005 file photo, at his home. Inman is the founder of the annual Battle Against Hunger bike event that raises money for local charities.

WEST WINDSOR — A well-known area benefactor and bicyclist was killed and his wife seriously injured in a crash on Route 1 Thursday night when their car was hit from behind by a Mack truck.

The driver of the truck, Lorin Fisher, 65, of Philadelphia, was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated and death by auto, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

The crash killed 67-year-old Charles “Chuck” Inman, who was the founder of the annual Battle Against Hunger 200-mile bike ride event, which concludes in the Trenton area, benefits local charities and raises awareness about hunger in the region.

Inman’s wife Pamela, 67, remains hospitalized at Capital Health Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

Fisher is being held in the Mercer County Correction Center on $300,000 bail for charges of death by auto, aggravated assault, driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to observe a red traffic signal, said Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Petrucci.

A South Brunswick man was killed and his wife seriously injured when a Mack truck plowed into their car on Route 1 in West Windsor. The truck driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated and death by auto.

The crash occurred at approximately 10:18 p.m. when the truck driven by Fisher rear-ended a Lexus driven by Charles Inman with his wife in the passenger seat.

The Inmans’ car was stopped behind a 2011 BMW in the northbound lanes of Route 1 near the intersection with Lower Harrison Street in West Windsor, police said. The Lexus was pushed into the BMW, driven by Roger Dashevsky, of Princeton.

Dashevsky was treated and released at a local hospital.

Fisher had a passenger in the truck who was only identified by police as a 44-year-old from Philadelphia.

The Battle Against Hunger bike tour Charles Inman founded has raised $650,000 for local hunger relief efforts over the past 11 years. The 2013 event held in September included 40 riders who traveled a 200-mile route and raised $70,000.

The organizations that benefit from the bike tour include Rescue Mission of Trenton, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Toni’s Kitchen, Cast Your Cares Ministries, Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, and Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

Mary Gay Abbott-Young, the CEO of the Rescue Mission of Trenton, remembered Inman as an “incredible guy who truly loved serving the people.”

Aside from the annual bike tour, Inman would attend events at the mission and spend quality time with the mission’s clients including taking them to Trenton Thunder baseball games.

“He was one of the few people who truly enjoyed living his faith every day,” Abbott-Young said. “He enjoyed every day.”

Deeply religious, Inman, a Vietnam war veteran originally from Virginia, was a long-time member of the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pennington, along with his wife.

The Rev. Peggy Hodgkins, the interim rector at the church, described Inman as “the kind of person who attends weekly Bible study and acts out his faith with dedication. Unlike the majority of us, he instituted a way of living out his faith from the heart.” She said he was openly grateful for the blessings that came his way.

Hodgkins described his loss as a major shock to the church community.

“There has already been such an outpouring of grief and concern,” she said. Hodgkins said she has been in contact with the family and went to Capital Health Regional to offer prayers for both Pamela and Charles Inman and comfort to those gathered there.

“Their efforts for the hungry were really like a sign of Christ’s love for a broken world,” Hodgkins said.

Police said there were numerous witnesses to the accident and the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Marylouise Tarr at (609) 799-1222.


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Victim of deadly Meade Co. crash identified

FLAHERTY, KY (WAVE) – A Brandenburg woman has been identified as the victim of a deadly chain-reaction crash near Flaherty just before 7:00 Tuesday morning.

Kentucky State Police said Melissa Wilkins, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene after a Mack truck driven by Thomas A Russell, 41, of Lebanon Junction ran a red light on westbound US 60 at the intersection of KY 144 and slammed into the driver's door of Wilkins' 1999 Saturn. Wilkins was traveling southbound on KY 144. Her car was pushed into a 1997 Dodge pickup truck driven by Allen Thomas, 52, of Guston. He was eastbound and stopping for the red light on US 60.

After hitting the Saturn, the Mack truck hit a 2011 Ford Taurus driven by Gregory Willingham, 49, of Irvington, police said. Willingham also was eastbound and had stopped at the red light on US 60.

After hitting the Taurus, the Mack truck slammed into a 2007 Mazda driven by Rebecca Dean, 41, of Hardinsburg, according to investigators. KSP spokesperson Norman Chaffins said Dean was also eastbound on US 60 approaching the red light. Dean was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown where she was treated and released.

The Mack truck continued southwest and came to rest in a corn field.

No other injuries were reported, and Chaffins said everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt. No alcohol or drugs appeared to be factors in the crash, Chaffins said, and no charges have been filed.


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