View Full Version : Only a Massachusetts driver would think of doing this

06-21-2007, 09:45 AM
They think they're invincible behind the wheel.

Springfield man accused of running BMW off road in attempt to kill female passenger (http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/06/springfield_man.html)

By Globe Staff
A 64-year-old Springfield man will be arraigned on attempted murder and other charges today after police said he purposely drove his BMW off the Massachusetts Turnpike and rammed several trees in an unsuccessful effort to kill his female passenger.
Harold D. Palmer was driving a 2000 BMW 323I west on the Mass Pike in Ludlow Wednesday night when he got in a fight with a woman in the car, according a statement from State Police. The woman was described only as an "adult female." A police spokesman said that the departmentís policy was to not discuss relationships between suspects and victims.
During the fight, Palmer drove off the right shoulder of the roadway and into the woods, striking several trees, police said. Both Palmer and his passenger were wearing seatbelts, and they were not injured in the crash.
Palmer was also charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, operating to endanger, and a marked lanes violation. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Palmer District Court.

06-21-2007, 10:18 AM
This is not a surprise to me, I sell BMW's here in Naples Fl. and I'm Master Certified from BMW.
Besides the terrible fact that he was trying to kill this woman, his mistake was trying it in a BMW.
The BMW has 8 air-bags, pre-tensioning seat belts and force restrictors that take up the slack in the belt before impact. The on-board computer has crash sensors which automatically detect how far the passengers are from the air-bags, whether or not they are wearing they're seat belts.
It also has armoured pins which prevent the doors from flying open and you from flying out. It has steel-reinforced bars down both sides of the car. The drake pedal is designed to break away, saving your knees. It has a piro-tech device that blows the battery connection to prevent a fuel fire and goes to the emergancy back up system which turns on the blinkers, unlocks the doors and callls BMW assist.
The engine mounts are hydro- filled to force the engine/ trans to break away from the car instead of coming through it. The hood has reinforced beams that make it fold instead of trying to cut yer head off.
Other than that, if he really wanted to kill her,

He choose the wrong car!http://www.woodenboatvb.com/vbulletin/upload/images/icons/icon6.gif

06-21-2007, 10:22 AM
" what's the difference between a porcupine and a BMW?"

(the BMW has the pricks on the inside.......)http://www.woodenboatvb.com/vbulletin/upload/images/icons/icon10.gif

06-21-2007, 11:19 AM
He copied a TV show. On the show it worked.:rolleyes:

Bob Adams
06-21-2007, 06:15 PM
This would have worked better in the days of driver's (only) side air bags!

06-21-2007, 08:53 PM
or drive under the rear of a truck loaded with pipe......

Ian McColgin
06-22-2007, 02:44 AM
This is not typical of Massachusetts driving. Up here, death is only a by-product of tailgaiting and taking red lights as merely advisory.