Man Drives 35 Miles w/ Wife Clinging to Hood!

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  1. MacVixen macrumors 6502

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    I have to admit, when I first saw this story in the paper I didn't think it could possibly be true.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_17520593

    From the story:
    So, anyone who is familiar with Northern California knows that the drive from Manteca to Pleasanton is from Highway 120 to I-205 to I-580. Not to mention the fact this is OVER the Altamont Pass - a higher elevation that can get extremely windy (lots of windmills on the hills as a matter of fact). So my initial reaction to this was :eek: "This cannot possibly be true!"

    And now 2 days later, the follow up story, where he has admitted that it did, in fact, happen http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_17532406:

    So Bizarre!

    First of all I truly can't believe that she managed to hang on the entire time - clinging to a windshield wiper blade! Superhuman strength on her part? Second, he was allegedly going up to 100 MPH at times, which makes it even more incredible that she never fell off it had to been at least a 30 minute drive, if not longer!
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    So, some crazy bitch climbs on the hood of your car to keep you from leaving and you just have to put up with that?

    I'm sorry, I'm not saying the guy should get a free pass, but at some point her own idiocy has to bear some of the blame for this.
     
  3. 184550 Guest

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    I heard this on the radio yesterday morning when I was listening to the Stupid News segment on Ace & TJ.

    Stupid, but funny.
     
  4. nooaah macrumors 68000

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    You can't be serious.
     
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Why not?
     
  6. MacVixen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I guess you do gotta "put up with that" unless you plan on killing the woman :confused:

    errr, maybe I should have included this piece of the article:

    The dude has issues, and took off with his wife clinging to the hood of his car. If she tried to roll off she may could have been killed! But hey, let's go ahead and blame the victime here.
     
  7. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Sorry, I don't play the "human shield" game. She's as responsible as he is for what happened.

    I don't doubt that he has issues, and I don't doubt that she could have been killed - but if she had stayed the **** off his car, she'd never have been in harm's way to begin with.

    First rule of diffusing a hostile situation - if one party is willing to walk away, you let them. Going after them and jumping up on the hood of the car as they're trying to leave makes about as much sense as stepping in front of a train to get it to stop.

    No way I vote to convict this guy if I'm on his jury.
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Weird that he didn't try to shake her off. Mythbusters showed that it's impossible to hold on to a car beyond a certain turning force.
     
  9. skunk macrumors G4

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    Remind me to disbar you from being on the jury at my trial. You cannot possibly hold that this lunatic was justified in his actions.
     
  10. MacVixen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, see that is where I was going with posting this article. I was wondering if it were even possible to hold on to a windshield wiper blade for that length of time? I mean, wouldn't pressure or force or something cause the blade to snap? They just don't seem that strong.
     
  11. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    Climb onto the front of a minivan and get someone to drive it at 30mph: I suspect you will find the aerodynamic pressure quite impressive. The keyword here is "minivan". Those usually have rather more vertical noses than your typical automobile, so the air pressure will tend to pin you onto the front.
     
  12. Antares macrumors 68000

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    Wow! That couple needs some serious marriage counseling. Hopefully, they can work out their issues and get back to a healthy marriage.
     
  13. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Not any more than I can hold that her own stupidity led to this as well.

    Like I said previously, putting yourself in harm's way should not in any way absolve you from blame for what happens. When you use yourself as a human shield, you're going to get hurt - why should it be the other guy's fault?
     
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    I seem to remember the radio program hosts, where I heard the story from, indicating this wasn't the first time something like this happened in the marriage.
     
  15. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Maybe she was holding to the hood and the wiper blade.

    Otherwise it's difficult to hold on during turns. Probably not going 100 mph on highway though.
     
  16. skunk macrumors G4

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    When was the last time you tried to jump off the front of a moving vehicle?
     
  17. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    He wants to go to jail so he doesn't have to put with this woman. Of course divorce is always a good option to. He must have been pretty pissed off to keep driving. It must have been that time of the month.
     
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    I guess when you find a "good" man (or minivan), you hang on.
     
  19. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    When was the last time you jumped on the hood of someone's car when they were leaving in a rage?

    As for your question: The last time I jumped off the hood of a moving car was last summer. Of course it wasn't going very fast and definitely wasn't on the free way.
     
  20. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    I'm with Tomorrow on this one.

    It sounds like they both share responsibility. He was trying to get away from an argument. She escalated the situation by jumping on the car :)eek:).

    Should he have stopped? Yes. Which is why he shares some of the blame. But she put herself in harms way in the first place. She should have just let the guy drive away.
     
  21. skunk macrumors G4

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    Thank you. End of argument.
     
  22. JMcDon1007 macrumors newbie

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    What simply amazes me about this article is that the minivan was able to reach 100 mph going over the Altamont Pass!!!! He must have been running Premium!! Yet, that amazes me to, given the gas prices these days!! :D;):D

    P.S. I'm also with the camp that places part of the blame on her! She is the one who chose to throw herself on the hood of a moving car! Stupid with a capital S!!
     
  23. skunk macrumors G4

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    Do you have any evidence that the car was moving? Much more likely that she jumped on to prevent it moving. In these circumstances, the moment the husband started moving forward, he was potentially committing a crime, and if he did not stop, she had little option but to cling on: jumping off the hood of a speeding minivan is highly likely to result in death or serious injury.
     
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    Marriage counseling. Drug/addiction counseling. Sometime in county. Probably not in that order.
     
  25. n8mac macrumors 6502

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    I can see a windshield wiper company hiring this woman to do a commercial promoting their blade durability. Whether it's money or dirt, either way she'll be rolling in it :)
     

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