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2004 Darwin Awards

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Terminal Creativity
2004 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

Apparently Bobby is in good company According to Reader Bill Hunt, Playboy Playmate Petra Verkaik almost killed herself when she started her VW Bus as usual, by using a screwdriver from underneath the bus. Unfortunately, she had it in gear and it rolled over her.

(3 April 2004, Orem, Utah) Bobby, 51, had trouble getting his truck to start. He couldn't be in two places at once, both working under the hood and pressing the accelerator. Why not take a handy ice scraper, and wedge one end against the accelerator and the other end against the seat? Then he could get under the hood and bypass the starter by connecting terminals on the starter solenoid.

Success!

Unfortunately he had forgotten to put the truck in neutral and it began accelerating toward his neighbor's motor home. Police concluded that Bobby jumped in front of the truck to prevent it from crashing into the motor home. He was partly successful. A neighbor found him pinned between the truck and the motor home, nearly dead. Paramedics rushed him to Timpanogos Regional Hospital, where the car mechanic died from terminal creativity.

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