Smart Car: Driver killed after her micro-sized vehicle hits a… motorcycle. We heartily suggest Obama immediately sign an executive order giving Smart cars to all members of the Sierra Club, the Department of Interior, Greenpeace, and the EPA. Jerry Brown needs one, too.

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Sidekick February 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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Well that explains Olivia’s sudden disappearance.

drb February 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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Remember when she who shall not be named insisted these cars were safe when I said I’d hate to see one of those in a collision with a semi?

Not so silent February 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

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The more of these toys on the road, the higher the death rate will go. I have seem them in California in the FAST lane at 60 or so. Now if you have ever been to the Golden State you know NOBODY drives below 80 in the fast lane. one of these things gets hit by an SUV (remember SUV’s kill people on purpose according to the goobermint) it will be like hitting an empty trash can, the smart car and it’s not so smart driver will disintegrate and traffic will slow till it is nothing more than biodegradable road debris dissipating with traffic….(one of my favorite things to say on the radio)

Plainsman February 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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“remember SUV’s kill people”… well, now it’s Smart cars that are killing people… I think a ban on smart cars is in order.

flashingscotsman February 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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To a liberal, this would be blamed on the motorcyclist.

flashingscotsman February 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm

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Ah, look. It’s Fweetness. How cute.

sa_rose February 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm

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Exactly. And this was just a motorcycle! I have tooled up and down IH 35 in a VW bug, surrounded by 18 wheelers, that I wouldn’t tust this tin can on the loop in town, much less on the highway. You’d get squashed like a bug.

poppajoe49 February 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

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I wouldn’t want to travel IH 35 unless I was in an armored personnel carrier! At least around the big 3 cities.

poppajoe49 February 8, 2013 at 6:49 am

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Kick, you must have been reading my mind, or I was reading yours!

PsychoDad February 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

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Maybe Princess Bedpan just couldn’t stand the crying fits after getting spanked here all the time.

Joe Redfield February 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm

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I’d give one to Al Gore if I thought there was any chance he could fit into it.

CO2Insanity February 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm

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A couple of crowbars and slathering him with lard might get him in.

drb February 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm

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or maybe a can opener

Geoff B February 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm

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Thank you for an image years of therapy won’t be able to erase! Lol

poppajoe49 February 8, 2013 at 6:48 am

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The problem is all the lard is on the inside of Gore.

CO2Insanity February 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

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If Al eats lard is it cannibalism?

Karmaa February 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

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Somehow I think that for Gorey,
A crowbar and lard
+ a portland hotel
= sexah-time!

danybhoy February 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm

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I flip off EVERY Smart Car I see. EVERY God damned 1 of them. Only the most smug asshole would even think of looking into these death traps, let alone actaully buying 1. They suck, the people who drive them suck, & this broad who died in hers is all the proof I need about my belief in Darwinism.

Argo February 8, 2013 at 5:36 am

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I would applaud them as they must be liberals……

poppajoe49 February 8, 2013 at 6:52 am

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I want to flip them off, but my business name and number are on the side of my truck. They could be potential customers. However, since they are dumb enough to buy a Stupid Car, I would charge them 50% more, just on principal, and I bet they would pay it!

Alien February 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm

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Cold, y’all.. Poor lady.

One of my buddies in high school was layed out by a motorcycle, on a residential street.. Weeks in hospital, pins in bones, internal injuries, months of physical therapy and years of nagging pain. He easily could’ve died. He was on a bicycle. Not sure that matters much.

Wouldn’t wish that on anyone decent

danybhoy February 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

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I’m not that mean spirited, but this was a 78 year old woman who bought a car about the size of a golf cart. Safety is an issue when I buy a car, & something the size of a golf cart on streets & highways is not safe. The guy on the motorcycle is going to survive this, so what does that tell you? For all the sh!t that people who bought Volvo & Saab got because they bought them because of their safety records back in the day, they were the safest cars on the road. If you’re buying a Smart Car, safety ain’t a priority. Sorry, but we live & die with our choices, & sadley, this old lady does’nt look so smart in the end.

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2128511_cobham_crash_victim_named_as_freda_lawry_78

Alien February 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

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I understand it ain’t the wisest move. I’ve seen a few of them around downtown where they belong, and think it’d be crazy to take one on the highway. I realize CAFE would have us all driving them and bouncing off each other like bumper cars at reasonable speeds. I just have a visceral reaction to some dude hot rodding it and messing someone else up, but that was an assumption too (just as I assumed it was some cute young college chick in my mind’s eye)

Fenster314 February 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm

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Chill. Driving a tiny unsafe car, for whatever reason, is similar to deciding to take up smoking or eating the “good” stuff instead of healthy crap all the time or keeping guns in a house with children. It involves a calculated risk and that is what freedom is all about. It’s up to the individual to decide which risks to take in their lives.

Maybe some of them are smug about it. So what? I would also point out that smart car drivers are lowering gas prices for everybody else. They are also making the streets safer for people with normal sized cars because if they hit your car it’s likely they’ll be the ones getting banged up.

Karmaa February 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

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You are definitely a glass-half-full kind of guy, aren’t you? I like that!

But, I do think that it’s ridiculous that the government allows these incredibly unsafe cars to be sold and used as regular cars. They should be confined to city use only, or have maximum speeds of say 40 MPH. They are basically covered scooters and should probably be treated like that.

Geoff B February 8, 2013 at 12:59 am

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I’m not gonna dance on someone’s grave over this, because I drive a smaller car. But I also live in a city where I can get anywhere I need to be in 15 minutes or less. I only have to fill my gas tank once a month and put about 7000 miles a year on my car. (Long trips we take my partners SUV or I rent a bigger car). The sad thing about this is people buy these micro cars usually to save some money or because they genuinely want to use less fuel or some other well intentioned reason and then get hurt or killed because the laws of physics don’t care about altruism. I mean, at least with my little sports coupe, I would survive a crash with a motorcycle. These micro cars are unsafe and the tree hugger lobby has blood on their hands convincing folks otherwise.

Sidekick February 8, 2013 at 2:08 am

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Sorry, Geoff. It’s early. Apologize.

whiskeyriver February 8, 2013 at 6:29 am

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I have owned guns since my grandfather decided I was old enough to have one and now liberals want to take them away because one of them may jump up and kill someone all by itself.

I have been riding motorcycles since I was a teenager and now I suspect some liberal butthead may want to ban bikes because they kill people all by themselves. If their idea of an eco-friendly vehicle for the masses is threatened by something as insignificant as a two-wheeled motorcycle then the bike must go! A Harley is dangerous to our little shitbox on little rubber tires and we cannot have that!

As bad as the highways are in this state I could hit one of these shoeboxes with my F-250 and wouldn’t even think about it. Just another bump in the road.

poppajoe49 February 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

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I know what you mean whiskey, I recently bought an F-250, and can’t believe the difference between it and my old F-150.
As far as hitting one of those little shitboxes, I saved this story from my discussion about dumb cars with she who shall not be named.

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Smart_ForTwo/

Here’s the highlights!

The Fortwo also comes with safety concerns. The 2010 model received good ratings from the insurance industry, but it only gets such high ratings because crash tests were done with cars of comparable size. If the Fortwo hit a larger car, the outcome would not be pleasant.

“After striking the front of the [Mercedes Benz] C class,
the Smart went airborne and turned around 450 degrees,” the Insurance Industry for Highway Safety says in a press release on their new crash tests.
“This contributed to excessive movement of the dummy during rebound — a dramatic indication of the Smart’s poor performance but not the only one. There was extensive intrusion into the space around the dummy from head to feet. The instrument panel moved up and toward the dummy. The steering wheel was displaced upward. Multiple measures of injury likelihood, including those on the dummy’s head, were poor, as were measures on both legs.”

flashingscotsman February 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

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I heard that the dummies protested having to ride in the Smart Car.

poppajoe49 February 9, 2013 at 5:07 am

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They have threatened to form a “dummies” union, but found out that the AFLCIO already had that covered! It’s called the Laborers Union.

flashingscotsman February 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

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I thought it was the teacher’s union?

whiskeyriver February 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

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It looks like riding my bike is safer than driving on of these things. At least I can lay it over and bail off, if need be, instead of being trapped inside with nowhere to go.

Big Al February 8, 2013 at 6:50 am

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In a related story Motorcycle Unscathed.

danybhoy February 8, 2013 at 9:48 am

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Not quite, he is in serious but stable condition.

CO2Insanity February 8, 2013 at 8:12 am

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When they first came out with these I remember some twink from Mercedes on the TV spouting off about how safe these are, that they have a roll cage, blah blah blah. I then found a video online where they took a Smart and a 20 year old Ford Cortina (was done in the UK), and crashed them into concrete barriers at something like 35-40 MPH.

Based upon the appearance of the crash dummies, if you would have been in the Smart you would have lost both legs at the knees. If you had been in the old Cortina, with no airbags and no cage, you probably would have walked away.

That was all I needed to tell me I’ll never buy a Smart.

poppajoe49 February 9, 2013 at 5:32 am

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Smart vs concrete wall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3bFhVvdlaI

Smart vs Mercedes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKSPxQjPOm0

Smart vs Mercedes S Class, even worse than the last one!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPdEWLnAQr0

DefHarryMelon February 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

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Smarts are great cars for dummies.

Progressive Hemrrhoid February 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

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And I thought riding a motorcycle was dangerous. All the fake plastic roll cages and crumple zones in the world won’t save you from the truck that runs your butt over because your car’s too underpowered to get out of the way.

flashingscotsman February 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

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I actually WOULD feel safer on a motorcycle. At least then I would have the maneuverability and power to get out of dangerous situations. I know, I’ve had to do it countless times over the years.

poppajoe49 February 9, 2013 at 5:09 am

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AMEN to that brother!

sa_rose February 10, 2013 at 11:51 pm

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Or cant even be seen from the cab because you are too close and too tiny!

Restless February 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

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These cars never struck me as “smart” in any way. First of all, if your goal is good gas mileage, these little things are only rated at 34-38 mpg. I’m getting better than that with my Chevy Cruze Eco. Mostly, though, they’re just not safe – as this picture indicates. Someone down the street from me has one. He says he bought it for just driving around town. He says he won’t take it out on major highways because it gets blown around “like a little toy” around big trucks or in any kind of wind. I hope he never gets in an accident anywhere, because this car is just an over-sized tin can compared to every other vehicle on the road… including motorcycles, it appears!

sa_rose February 10, 2013 at 11:53 pm

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I think the original astronauts used the term SPAM IN A CAN. Applies her at least as much as to a space capsule.