Archive for March 2007

Hit-And-Runners: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Hat tip to Adrian (doc1456 on for turning me on to this one.

From the Great White North comes this tale of quick reflexes. Dave Watling, a resident of Calgary, pulled to the right lane as he stopped at an intersection. That was Watling’s first good move, because seconds later a silver Acura hurtled by in the left lane and smashed into a Mercedes and a taxicab.

Watling’s second good move came as he saw the Acura’s reverse lights come on, as it became clear that the driver intended to flee. Asking his wife for his new digital SLR, he snapped pictures bam-bam-bam-bam-bam, catching the culprit in the act and not only getting the car’s license number, but also the driver’s face as well.

B-U-S, T-E-D, busted royally.

And then, Dave decides to post these pics to an auto enthusiasts’ site. The site’s traffic goes through the roof, over 100,000 hits in a day’s time.

The story even made the front pages of both of Calgary’s newspapers.

The kid apparently turned himself in and is now facing reckless driving and hit-and-run charges. No doubt he will get what he deserves from Canada’s criminal justice system. But even that will pale compared to his online reputation, which is probably lower than mud right about now.

Hit-and-runners, be afraid. Be very afraid. Be warned. You may suffer the same fate.

And I think I just might carry my camcorder in my car. Who knows…