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Old 01-13-2006, 11:34 PM   #1
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TORONTO (Reuters) - A woman crashed her own car to prevent a bigger accident on Canada's busiest freeway, using her car to cut off a runaway vehicle after the driver apparently passed out at the wheel.

Schoolteacher Cherilyn Gill, 42, said she watched in her rear-view mirror as the driver in the car behind her slumped over and disappeared from sight. The vehicle swerved to the left, accelerated and then bounced off a concrete barrier on Highway 401 near Toronto.

Gill stopped the other vehicle by letting it crash into the rear of her own minivan and then grind to a halt against the concrete central guard rail. "I didn't have time to panic," she told Reuters on Friday. "I knew there was nobody driving the car... I decided I had to stop it."

Police have recommended Gill for an award for her quick thinking, and she said she had received a phone call of congratulations from Ontario's education minister. No one was hurt in the accident.

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Old 01-13-2006, 11:48 PM   #2
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the thread title says all i need to say.
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:16 AM   #3
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wow good for her, not just anyone would have done that!
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Old 01-14-2006, 01:48 AM   #4
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i might sound like an asshole saying this... but i bet this happened by fluke.

if a 42 year old female school teacher can notice the person behind her driving ont he highway to "slump over" and than have the wits and be calm enough to pull that stunt off on purpose... hats off to her.

than again... i'm just a stupid chinese coward who doesn't know how to drive =p
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:53 AM   #5
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Her insurance will go up or shes going to sue for whiplash..
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:07 AM   #6
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Nice to see a story like that in the news, amidst all the crap in this city.

Wonder how the passed out driver will repay her...
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Old 01-14-2006, 01:56 PM   #7
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i might sound like an asshole saying this... but i bet this happened by fluke.

if a 42 year old female school teacher can notice the person behind her driving ont he highway to "slump over" and than have the wits and be calm enough to pull that stunt off on purpose... hats off to her.

than again... i'm just a stupid chinese coward who doesn't know how to drive =p
haha, thats great
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Old 01-14-2006, 03:13 PM   #8
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I wonder, will the insurance increase her premiums? will the city buy her a new car/repair it?

good job on her part.. probably saved his/her life in the other car.
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Old 01-14-2006, 05:42 PM   #9
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city buy her a new car? no, the other driver's insurance? yes, rear end accident=> other driver at fault
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:14 PM   #10
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I saw the story on TV, but the police were advising that NO ONE should ever take that risk. Also, I heard on the radio that the passed out driver is in hospital, and may be charged pending results of toxicology tests!?!?!
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