Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Reality check posting continued...

In today's Sydney Morning Herald there's a story that sort-of continues my Sunday posting.

There are stories within a story too.

It's headed Hunt for road rage shooter and includes this information:

"Three teenagers are lucky to be alive after a gunman fired at their car in a terrifying daylight road rage incident in Sydney's west, police say.

As traffic had piled up behind, the 18-year-old P-plate driver was forced to mount the pavement to escape and almost ran over three pedestrians.

Two men, one armed with a black pistol, jumped from a white Holden Commodore and advanced on the teenagers' silver Subaru WRX...The armed man fired shots at the car before the pair jumped back in their car and sped off.

They are looking for a white VT model Holden Commodore, possibly a V8, with chrome mag wheels, tinted windows and black and gold number plates.


A 'P-plate' driver is someone who has just passed the driving test so they have to carry a P-plate on their car for eighteen months. The 18 year old had therefore recently passed his test but was driving a Subaru WRX. They accelerate from zero to 100kph in less than 5 seconds.

That frightens me.

The blacked-out, chromed-wheeled Holden Commodore is re-badged here as the Chevrolet Lumina. If it was a V8 as suggested it's 5.7 litres, powerful and quick.

So we have two powerful cars dashing about crowded streets, one driven by an almost learner driver carrying two 16 year old girls.

Who nearly ran over three pedestrians as he drove on the footpath to escape a gunman in a road rage incident.

Not for the first time I'm just sitting here shaking my head in disbelief.


The story is here.

1 comment:

extiinct said...

what's more worrying is how the news article makes the young driver driving on the footpath sound like a rational thing by the way he phrased it ("As traffic had piled up behind, the 18-year-old P-plate driver was forced to mount the pavement to escape and almost ran over three pedestrians.")

And maybe I lost something in the translation but how did the VT speed off if there was so much traffic?