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Modern Mopar Crashes

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One person was killed and three others were injured in a Wednesday-afternoon head-on collision in Morgan County.

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Ken McDearmon, a 62-year-old from Falkville, was dead at the scene on East Lacon Road, state troopers said in a news release. The crash happened around 4:15 p.m. about four miles south of Falkville.

Troopers said McDearmon was driving a 2013 Dodge Challenger that collided with a 2002 Dodge 1500. The driver and two passengers in the Dodge were taken to a local hospital.

McDearmon was not wearing a seat belt, according to troopers.

The wreck remains under investigation.

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Toledo Police identify her as a "Jane Doe" because her family has not yet been notified about an accident that took the 33-year-old woman's life.

The crash happened at about 2:30AM Sunday on West Sylvania Ave. at Homewood.

Toledo Police say a Dodge Challenger veered off the side of the road, hit a utility pole, then crashed into a tree.

The 33-year-old driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. Toledo Firefighters say he was conscious and talking to them the entire time.

His passenger was rushed to ProMedica Toledo Hospital where she did not survive.

No other vehicles were involved.


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Abbeville County, S.C. —

The Abbeville County Coroner and SC Highway Patrol are investigating a single car accident that occurred early Saturday morning.

Trooper Gary Miller said the crash happened at approximately 2:20 a.m. on Flat Rock Road

He said a 2009 Dodge Challenger was traveling east on Flat Rock Road, when it went off the left side of the roadway and hit a tree.

Miller said the driver was fatally injured, entrapped and pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown if he was wearing a seat belt.

The coroner identified the driver as 22 year-old Austin Haynie from Abbeville.

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This sucks........




POSTED December 19, 2017 1:06 p.m.

An early morning collision Tuesday on the outskirts of Turlock resulted in the death of a 29-year-old Hilmar man and an unborn baby, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The name of the deceased male has not been released, pending next of kin notification.

The collision between the 2014 Dodge Challenger and the 2012 Ford Fusion happened around 7:45 a.m. on Golden State Boulevard and Griffith Avenue.

The driver of the Ford Fusion was identified as a 24-year-old Turlock woman. She was eight months pregnant and had to undergo an emergency C-section following the collision, in which the baby did not survive, said CHP spokesman Officer Eric Zuniga.

The Ford Fusion was traveling westbound on Golden State Boulevard and the Dodge Challenger was stopped at a stop sign on Griffith Avenue. For an unknown reason, the driver of the Challenger entered the intersection directly into the path of the Ford Fusion, Zuniga said.

The Ford Fusion struck the driver’s side of the Dodge.

A Medi-Flight helicopter landed at the scene, but emergency responders decided an ambulance was the better option for the 29-year-old and he was rushed to Emanuel Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.

The 24-year-old woman was rushed to a hospital by witnesses to the crash. She is expected to recover from the injuries she sustained, according to the CHP.

Along with the CHP, Merced County Fire, Turlock Rural Fire Department and Turlock Fire Department all responded to the scene.

It’s unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were factors in the collision. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Officer Eric Zuniga at 356-6608.

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PINELLAS PARK — A 41-year-old woman was fatally injured by a vehicle Wednesday morning while using her phone as she tried to cross 49th Street N, according to Pinellas Park police.

Witnesses told investigators that Danielle Harb of St. Petersburg was looking at her cell phone as she crossed the road and was not paying attention to her surroundings when the incident took place at about 6:40 a.m.

Harb was attempting to walk across 49th Street N from east to west between 86th and 90th Avenues. Then she was struck by a 2016 Dodge Challenger, driven by 29-year-old Christine Crawford of Pinellas Park, as it traveled north on 49th Street, police said.

Harb was pronounced dead at a hospital. The driver remained at the crash scene and is cooperating with investigators.


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Street racing blamed for collision that critically injured man, 20, in Brampton

Police are searching for a 2017 Dodge Charger, which fled the scene

CBC News Posted: Dec 29, 2017 12:14 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 30, 2017 8:16 AM ET

Peel police investigators say they have evidence that the collision was the result of street racing.

Peel police investigators say they have evidence that the collision was the result of street racing. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Peel police are appealing for witnesses after they say a 20-year-old man was critically injured as a result of a street race in Brampton Thursday night. 

Around 9:45 p.m., Thursday the driver of a Dodge Challenger was travelling northbound at a high speed on Chinguacousy Road near Charolaid Boulevard. 

Peel police say it was at this time the driver lost control of their car, mounted a centre median, hit a railway crossing indicator and collided with another northbound vehicle. 

Street Racing Incident

A 20-year-old man remains in critical condition as a result of what Peel police say was street racing in Brampton Thursday evening. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

In a press release, police say investigators have evidence the collision was the result of street racing. Police are searching for a suspect vehicle, a Dodge Charger, which was last seen fleeing southbound on Chinguacousy Road.

A 20-year-old Kingston man, the driver of the Dodge Challenger, was taken to a Toronto trauma centre, and remains in critical condition. 

The driver and passenger of the vehicle that was struck by Dodge Challenger were taken to local hospital with minor injuries. 

Chinguacousy Road

Police say the driver and passenger of the second vehicle involved were taken to hospital with minor injuries. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Investigators are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the collision, have video footage, or have any information about the drivers. 


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Damn, look at the roads, there is snow and they decide to race!? Wtf...regardless hope the Challenger driver makes it and honestly hope the police don't find out the driver of the Charger, one young life may end up being lost, there is no reason the law should ruin the life of the other child I'm pretty sure they learned their lesson here.

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A violent 1-car crash claimed the life of a Pharr man over the weekend. DPS officials say 31-year-old Michael Paul-Damian Elizalde, behind the wheel of his Dodge Challenger, was speeding west on Minnesota Road early Saturday morning when he lost control west of Veterans Boulevard. The car veered off the road, rolled, and smashed into a fence. Elizalde was thrown out of the car and pronounced dead at the scene. DPS troopers are investigating all the factors that may have played a role in the deadly crash.

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  • An unidentified driver was injured after hitting a barricade Saturday morning and spinning into the main lanes of the Katy Freeway, according to authorities. Photo: Metro Video
Photo: Metro Video

An unidentified driver was injured after hitting a barricade Saturday morning and spinning into the main lanes of the Katy Freeway, according to authorities.


A driver was injured after striking a barricade Saturday morning and spinning into the main lanes of the Katy Freeway, according to authorities.

An unidentified person driving a Dodge Challenger was traveling east on the Katy Freeway about 3:15 a.m. near the Mason Road exit when the crash occurred, authorities said.

The driver, who's injuries are unknown, was taken to the hospital.


There were no other cars involved in the crash.

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A 38-year-old man died as a result of injuries he suffered in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred on County Road 3501 in Van Zandt County Saturday night after his Dodge Challenger went off the road, struck two trees, and went through a barbed-wire fence.

According to a press release, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a report of a one-vehicle crash on CR 3501 at about 9:10 p.m. Saturday. The crash occurred about two miles west of Wills Point.

The preliminary crash investigation shows that William Robert-Dwain Brown, of Forney, was traveling north on CR 3523, where it merged into CR 3501 in a curve in the road. Because he was traveling at an unsafe speed, Brown lost control in the curve and went into a side skid, the press release stated.
Brown’s Dodge Challenger then skidded through a grassy area and struck a tree, which caused damage to its left side. 

“After striking the first tree, it was propelled into another tree and barbed wire fence, causing damage to its front,” the press release stated. “The vehicle came to rest facing north in the grassy area north of the roadway.”

Brown was taken to the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Quinlan, where he was later pronounced dead by Dr. Michael Corpus, the press release stated. His body was transported to the Ingram Funeral Home in Quinlan.

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Two people were taken to the hospital after a motorist ran a red light and slammed his Dodge Challenger into the side of a Metro bus in the Galleria area late Tuesday, Houston police said.

The male driver was eastbound on Westheimer Road near Post Oak Boulevard around 11 p.m. when he hit the bus, police told a reporter at the scene.

    Two people were taken to the hospital after a motorist ran a red light and slammed his Dodge Challenger into the side of a Metro bus in west Houston late Monday, Houston Police said. The male driver was heading eastbound on Westheimer Road near Post Oak Boulevard around 11 p.m. when he hit the bus, police told a reporter at the scene. Photo: Metro Video LLC / For The Houston Chronicle
Photo: Metro Video LLC / For The Houston Chronicle

Two people were taken to the hospital after a motorist ran a red light and slammed his Dodge Challenger into the side of a Metro bus in west Houston late Monday, Houston Police said. The male driver was heading

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The driver and a bus passenger were both taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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January 29, 2018 02:14 PM

Updated January 29, 2018 02:14 PM

A 23-year-old Overland Park man died Sunday evening in a crash with a forklift in Silver Lake, Kan.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the victim as Daniel V. Martinez.

The crash occurred about 6:20 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of West Railroad Street in Silver Lake, which is about 10 miles west of Topeka on U.S. Route 24.

Martinez was headed east in an orange Dodge Challenger when the car crossed the center line and struck a large forklift parked off the north side of the road. No other vehicles were involved, according to the sheriff’s office.


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A Corpus Christi Police Officer is recovering this morning, after her unit was struck by a reckless driver late Sunday evening.

Just before midnight, a man in a black Dodge Challenger was headed westbound on Leopard St., near Fleetwood Ln.

That's when he lost control of his vehicle, and struck a CCPD unit.

That Corpus Christi Police unit flipped over, was knocked off of the road, and crashed into a fence.

The officer in the unit was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the Challenger was also transported as a precaution.

CCPD Lt. Maria Huerta-Garcia tells us that the driver failed to control his speed, and that alcohol may be a factor.

He has been taken in for blood work, and has not yet been charged.

The officer involved has been with the force for several years.

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A multi-car wreck in West Shreveport has claimed the life of a woman on Saturday afternoon.

The wreck happened just after 4 p.m. on Interstate 20 east near Monkhouse Drive in Shreveport.

According to Shreveport Police Spokeswoman Cpl. Angie Willhite, there were two wrecks. The first wreck involved five vehicles, which then led to a second wreck.

Investigators say a motorcycle was reportedly cut off by another vehicle while traveling east on I-20 which cause the motorcycle to crash. 

At least one pedestrian was reportedly standing near the crashed motorcycle. 

Traffic began to suddenly slow down and police say that's when a red Chevrolet truck rear-ended a silver Dodge Challenger. 

The Challenger then hit a silver Nissan Altima forcing the car off the roadway and into the median. The red Chevy truck then continued forward hitting another car. 

The driver of the motorcycle was transported to University Health with non-life threatening injuries. 

Original witness reports lead officers to believe a female passenger on board the motorcycle had been fatally injured but later found there weren't any passengers on the motorcycle. 

Police say the woman killed in the accident was a pedestrian standing in the median of the Interstate near the area where the motorcycle crashed. 

The coroner's office is working to identify her. 

No impairment was suspected on the part of any of the drivers. 

According to LA DOTD, the left and center lanes were blocked. 

Congestion is approaching 1 mile in length.

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GAS CITY, Ind. (WISH) - A 34-year-old Jonesboro woman died when the truck she was driving hit a semitractor-trailer head-on Sunday morning, Indiana State Police said Tuesday.

Police said Marti Wamsley, 34, was driving a 2015 Dodge Challenger east near the 800 block of Main Street in Gas City when it crossed the centerline for an undetermined reason and hit the 2016 Freightliner driven by Christopher Lewis, 34, of Gas City. The crash happened about 8 a.m. Sunday.

Wamsley died at the crash scene. Lewis, who was hauling dry goods for Walmart in Marion, was not injured, police said.

The crash remained under investigation Tuesday.

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Three occupants of a vehicle that ran into a house north of Centralia early Saturday morning fled the scene of the crash, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, but one was later found after seeking medical treatment.


The crash was reported at 2:21 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of North Pearl Street. A 2009 Dodge Challenger was seriously damaged after striking the house and a light pole.


Three occupants of the vehicle fled the scene. Two have not yet been apprehended, according to the sheriff’s office. A third — a 33-year-old male whose city of residence is not known — was contacted by deputies after he sought medical care for minor injuries at an area hospital.

No arrests were made. The incident is still under investigation.

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Shreveport, LA - Shreveport police say one man has been killed after an accident in the northern part of the city Tuesday night.

It happened just before 9:20 P.M. in the 4400 block of Hilry Huckaby III.


Police say a man was riding a motorized bike southbound when he turned in front of an F-150. The rider was reportedly knocked off his bike.

A woman driving a Dodge Challenger than ran over him, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Police say both drivers stayed on the scene and are cooperating with them. They do not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the accident.

No names have been released.

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BAKER, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - UPDATE: 1:00 p.m.

A fatal crash took the life of an unidentified female pedestrian early Wednesday morning.

According to the Louisiana State Police, around 5:45 a.m. on May 2, "Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA Hwy 67 (Plank Rd.) north of Groom Rd. in East Baton Rouge Parish."

The investigation showed that the unidentified female was walking south on Plank Road when she was struck by a vehicle that was also traveling in the southbound lane on Plank Road.

Carl Kelly Jr, 35, of Zachary was driving a 2011 Dodge Challenger when he struck the unidentified female. 

The impact of the crash proved fatal for the pedestrian as she was pronounced dead at the scene.

LSP said Kelly was "issued a citation for driving with a suspended license."

Louisiana State Police provided this safety message for all pedestrians: 

"Troopers urge pedestrians and motorists alike to pay close attention to their surroundings while on the roadway. Pedestrians are urged to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and walking a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic could help prevent many pedestrian related crashes."


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A 60-year-old woman was taken to a hospital with lacerations on her face after a car barreled through her Redlands home late Tuesday night, police said.

“I ran into the kitchen and I couldn’t see the kitchen,” said Lee Hernandez who shares the home with his older sister and their mother. “I ran around into the dining room … and same thing, couldn’t see it.”

Hernandez’s sister had cuts to her face and was taken to an area hospital, according to police. Hernandez’s mother was not hurt.

The driver, 27-year-old Jason Robert Sheridan, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, said Carl Baker, spokesman for the Redlands Police Department. A female passenger in the car was also hurt in the crash and taken to an area hospital, according to Baker.

Hernandez said the car destroyed the kitchen and dining room. “There’s nothing left, not even the ‘Lazy Susan.’”

At about 11 p.m., Sheridan was driving his 2015 Dodge Challenger west on Brockton Avenue when he lost control, crashed through a fence and into the house, Baker said. The house’s address is in the 1000 block of Clay Street.

Hernandez said he and his family are always in the kitchen and was glad his sister wasn’t more seriously injured.

The home was red-tagged due to the extensive damage caused by the crash.

Sheridan was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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Pontiac — Roadkill Nights drag racing competition was full of thrills Saturday, but it was TV personality Richard Rawlings' spill that will be most remembered.

The Gas Monkey Garage owner and star of Discovery's "Fast N' Loud" reality show peeled a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat into the Jersey barrier on Woodward here as he battled NHRA Top Fuel superstar Leah Pritchett in a celebrity shootout. Woodward was closed off and turned into a legal, 1/8-mile drag strip next to M1 Concourse Car Club north of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Rawlings, an experienced drag racer, thrilled the packed grandstands on Woodward with a long, tire-burning display out of the box, only to have his 707-horse steed snap left and into the wall. Pritchett continued without incident to win the heat.


Roadkill! "Gas Monkey Garage" star Richard Rawlings puts in the Kersey barrier after a #RoadkillNights burnout on Woodward Saturday. Pic courtesy Jeery Perez @M1Concourse @DetroitNews


Rawlings took it in stride, flashing a smile, as he limped back to the paddock in his bruised Dodge.

Roadkill Nights is full of experienced, invitation-only racers and this year's event had been incident-free until the Gas Monkey's run. 

Rawlings posted a statement later on social media: “Y’all asked for it, here’s me going into the wall at Roadkill Nights against Leah Pritchett. What a day! Looks like I’m gonna need some more practice, sorry Dodge.”


Saturday marked the third year that Dodge, Motor Trend, and M1 have teamed up for the Roadkill spectacle, which kicks off Dream  Cruise week.

Rawlings is a Dodge Performance spokesman and he was trailed by fans at the Roadkill event all day. He happily took interviews and posed for selfies and photos. 

On this writer's 910 AM "Car Radio" show from M1 Concourse earlier in the day, he said he was looking forward to the celebrity shootout. "I wish they did this in Dallas," said the 49-year old of his home town. "But the weather up here is so much better this time of year. This is where you want to be."

Rawlings says he owns every devilish model of Dodge's SRT performance portfolio including the Hellcat, 797-horse Hellcat Redeye, and 840-horsepower Demon.

The car he crashed, however, was one of four Hellcats - bearing #SaveYourSlips stickers on their front bumpers - that Dodge brought to Roadkill Nights for the late afternoon celebrity shootout. Celebrities included Pritchett, "Roadkill" hosts Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger - and the ultimate winner, pro wrestler Goldberg. 

Henry Payne is the Detroit News auto critic and host of "Car Radio" on 910 AM Detroit. He can be reached at Email: hpayne@detroitnews.com. Follow HenryEPayne on Twitter and Instragram.

Roadkill Nights at M1 Concourse
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Hundreds of people enjoyed beautiful weather to watch drag racing during the Roadkill Nights event held at M1 Concourse in Pontiac on Saturday, August 11, 2018  Max Ortiz, The Detroit News

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