Man Summoned After Being Run Over By His Own Truck

By Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

flintstone-breaksForty-year-old Brian Reynolds had a bad day. Feeling the brakes lock up on his 1987 Chevy pickup, the Lynn, Massachusetts man came up with a cartoonish way to stop. Flinging open the driver’s side door he tried to plant his left foot in the pavement. When that didn’t work he turned right up an embankment but ended up falling out of the open door. Of course, the truck was again uncooperative and ran over his left leg just before it crashed into a fire hydrant. Police arrived to find Reynolds face down in the road cursing his luck. He was not seriously injured but officers issued him a $35.00 ticket for what else? Defective equipment.

Source: Boston.com via msnbc.com

24 thoughts on “Man Summoned After Being Run Over By His Own Truck

  1. A language question first: Does “lock up” mean “lose function”? It would appear so. And when the brakes “lock” does that mean that they “seize” and won’t release?

    Anyhoo, I had a brand new red Alfa Romeo convertible bought from the dealer in Rome. On a short excursion shortly after, there sudenly were no brakes.
    Add brake fluid, add brake fluid, shop inspection (no guarantees then), replace master cylinder. etc.
    Repeat for several years.

    I wonder if this guy had a similar problem. Do what I did. Sell it, pay the fine and get a replacement.

    Too bad for him the police were involved, although fate, had they not been, might have had a fatal turn—not necessarily for him. You know, considering his lack of wisdom, like mine also, he might have killed someone.

  2. Evidently that ticket / charge does not require intent. I mean, it happened unbeknownst to him. At least he did not begin his drive knowing there were no brakes.

    “He was issued a $35 citation for driving with defective equipment.”

  3. When the cop’s taser goes off in the chest of some poor schmuck who talked back and the schmuck has a heart attack he can sue the police department and city of Boston for defective equipment. Then there is that stop light in Boston that is quirky and goes from green to red without the yellow. And the sewer lids that are out of whack and collapse when you walk on them. So get off your arses you tea buggers and sue the city on your own in small claims court each time you discover some defective equipment. Get you case in front of that judge who has to hear the defective ticket case on the guy with bad brakes. Turn about is fair play except in the roundabout with the one way signs going in the wrong directin in Boston. And another thing….

  4. The only surprise is that it did not happen in Texas since we have the worlds supply of such redneck geniuses here. Of course, the only reason it was reported is because it was in MA and not Texas. Here it would not be seen as something newsworthy or exceptional.

  5. I witnessed a similar incident quite a few years ago. A car is traveling slowly through a school zone with the driver’s door open. A man falls out of the driver’s side. The car continues on. The man stands up and chases the car. The car angles to the left leaving the road and heading straight for my neighbor’s house but is stopped when it hits the big tree that is growing right next to my neighbor’s front porch.

    The man arrives and just sits down on the lawn next to the car that is still running. The police arrive and they are furious. The man is drunk.

    Within seconds the sidewalk is full of kids leaving school.

  6. mespo,

    Two of those kids were my grandchildren (1st & 2nd graders) walking to my house and because I was outside on my front porch to watch for them, I witnessed the entire incident.

    You can imagine how often I’ve used this story to impress upon those same children the dangers of getting behind the wheel when inebriated. Many a field trip has been made to look at the large scar on the trunk of my neighbor’s tree.

    I tell the story to them in much the same way as I told it here because it starts out kind of funny and ends up Holy Cow! … just like being drunk and then paying the price.

    The only thing I left out here was the fact that the car was one of those huge Buicks from the 80’s … even at that slow speed it could have wiped out a dozen little kids.

  7. Blouise, I’ve made the point that if someone were to shoot a gun in a schoolground there would be serious consequnces. A case could be made this incident could have been worse. If both scenarios, by the grace of God, no kids were harmed, the shooter would serve serious time, the DUI guy would lose his license and be fined. I’ve worked too many DUI cases, one involving 6 teenage kids..all killed, another w/ a mother and 2 kids, too many! I have worked numerous cases of people who work the 2nd shift, driving home @ the very dangerous hour of midnight..hardworking pople doing shift work to provide for their families. You’re @ such a higher risk if you drive late @ night. It makes my dago/mick blood boil.

  8. Gene H, Messpo and Rafflaw — I second Bron’s motion. In particular, the unconstitutionality of “mixing criminal and civil law to get some money.” ???

  9. nick,

    I have a good friend who is a Trooper … Ohio State Highway Patrol. He’s a Sgt. now so not on regular patrol duty but through the years, as he worked his way up the ranks, he handled 100’s of drunk driving accidents.

    He’s a trough guy but many a time he’s sat in my living-room in tears after a shift change during which he had to handle the mess left by a drunk driver. It is the horrific injuries to children that eat away at him. There’s just no way to get those memories out of one’s head.

  10. P.S.

    I thank god he’s willing to do it as often, being the first one on the scene, he has managed to save several young lives.

  11. Funny story Mespo!
    Blouise,
    It is amazing that the car hit the tree just before the school kids arrived! I remember a crane accident that occurred just before classes let out in college and instead of 2-4 students being killed, it could have been hundreds!

  12. Remember Hill Street Blues?
    “Be careful, it is dangerous out there!”

    True for us all, nodding off behind the wheel is just as bad as DUI, but usually low traffic times and roads. Have you ever? I have. Twice. No accident then.

  13. As you know Blouise, most cops are good people. There is a heartwarming story currently making the rounds. It is of a NY cop seeing a homeless vet on the street. Surveillance video shows him going into a Skechers store and buying the guy a new pair of boots. A tourist from Arizona saw it and said it brought tears to her eyes seeing the look of pure joy on the homeless man’s face. When you know cops it’s different. I know many, and only a few bad apples. Most are like your good friend. I never had to go to accident sites. But, I’ve seen too many site and autopsy photos. I don’t know if I could do what the Trooper does. Cops will tell you it never gets easier, no how many you handle.

  14. Jonathan,

    I wonder why Jesus did not sit down with the Pharisees who persecuted and hated him, and shine a holy light into their souls and save them from their foolishness.
    If he had we would already all be in heaven fornicating and having a ball, Yes?

    Can you explain why he did not use his holy power with them; and why we have waited 2,000 years for him to return?

  15. Jesus is the light of the world standing before the Religious people of his time blinded by their earthly ambitions. They thought they had it made not knowing they were wretched poor and miserable. Hence they gave what they had. They resisted the light of truth Jesus gave. That is why Jesus said all of the statements with who unto you to Pharisees.

    Fornication is a sin against the body, the other sin is outside of the body. War most certainly sins against ones own body, and the bodies outside of your body. Respect not the wife of another, and war is a thing that can result. Jesus avoided war by not wanting that which was not his.

    The truth has not been spoken. Do you think the truth has been spoken with institution existing sanctioning what Jesus would not sanction?

    Jesus in spirit has to return to our soul. That is what needs to occur. It will be hell for whoever not allowing it occur.

  16. Jesus is the light of the world standing before the Religious people of his time blinded by their earthly ambitions. They thought they had it made not knowing they were wretched poor and miserable. Hence they gave what they had. They resisted the light of truth Jesus gave. That is why Jesus said all of the statements with who unto you to Pharisees.

    Fornication is a sin against the body, the other sin is outside of the body. War most certainly sins against ones own body, and the bodies outside of your body. Respect not the wife of another, and war is a thing that can result. Jesus avoided war by not wanting that which was not his.

    The truth has not been spoken. Do you think the truth has been spoken with institution existing sanctioning what Jesus would not sanction?

    Jesus in spirit has to return to our soul. That is what needs to occur. It will be hell for whoever not allowing that to occur.

  17. Dredd – I found it odd, too, that there doesn’t have to be intent. I mean, it’s kinda weird that they can ticket you for something that happens so sudden. It’s not like he found out the brakes were bad and kept driving – at least, the article doesn’t say that. He seems to have found out all at once, which seems a bit weird to ticket someone for.

  18. as an automotive mechanic for 30+ years, i’ve always told people that their car not starting is just an inconvenience, but it not stopping is a real problem for them and everyone else on the road.

    i’ve been ignored more than once, too. it’s amazing the number of people who think they can stop a car with no brakes.

  19. “Sometimes the light is shining on me, other times I can barely see, lately its occurred to me….What a long strange trip it’s been”.

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