Want to play detective, just like on TV? Here’s your chance to play Crime Scene Investigator.
See if the following reported real-life incidents raise any alarm bells with you. The incidents occurred several years ago and details are as best I can recollect.
Carjacking. It’s wintertime. The owner of a new Mercedes SUV stated he was out driving. As he halted at a stop sign, a “carjacker” reportedly opened the door, jumped into the passenger seat, ordered him out at gunpoint, and then drove off with the vehicle.
Senior moment. A senior says he pulled his late-model Cadillac up to the entrance of his condo complex to pick up his long-time wife. He then states he leaned over to unlock the passenger door to let her in, but inadvertently let go of the brake – causing the vehicle to move and run over the wife. She died of her injuries and police called it a “tragic accident.”
Here’s what I find disconcerting in these scenarios:
In the carjacking case, I know the Mercedes model involved has factory power locks and all doors lock automatically once your speed hits 8 km/h. The doors would have auto-locked seconds after he began driving and, therefore, the carjacker couldn’t have freely opened the passenger door and “jumped in.” It’s a cold winter day, so it’s unlikely the window would be open to allow for manually unlocking the door.
I spoke to the police detective on the case and he conceded that the incident “may not have occurred exactly as reported” and “other factors may be at play.” I’ll let your imagination run wild on that explanation, but my TV-inspired mind suspects a payoff or fraud (“take the car, I’ll claim insurance”).
In the “senior moment” case, Cadillacs are a luxury car with standard factory power locks. At a bare minimum, I would expect the investigating officer to test the power locks on the vehicle to see if they were working properly. I also question whether an idling vehicle can run over someone without some accelerator input.
As TV’s Judge Judy says, “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s probably not true.” The driver overstretching in a wide Cadillac to unlock the passenger door makes no logical sense, since a simple flick of the master power lock switch on the driver’s door armrest would have effortlessly unlocked all doors. Of course, the senior’s mental state, medical conditions and medication, if any, would also have to be looked at.
Nonetheless, police readily discount any possibility of foul play and offer no further explanation.
Now keep in mind that the persons involved in the above cases may be innocent of wrongdoing, as everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty under the law.
All I’m saying is that when police feed the public an “official story” that defies logic, this will only cause public doubt and suspicion to linger.
Everything you need to know about purchasing, maintaining and driving your car.
Become a member
Register now to access all features including:
- Save and ask friends to review vehicles
- Exclusive rebates & offers from local dealers
- Premium content, reviews and tools
All for free!
Already a member?
Registration 2 of 2
Welcome to Wheels!
As a final step we've sent a confirmation to your email address as a security measure. Please click the link in the email to complete your registration.
Terms of services
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, TORONTO STAR IS PROVIDING THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES ON AN "AS IS" AND â€œAS AVAILABLEâ€ BASIS AND MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IN ANY CONNECTION WITH THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEB SITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. TORONTO STAR DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTION OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THEIR CONTENTS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THE SERVERS THAT MAKE IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL TORONTO STAR BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF INCOME OR PROFIT, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY COMPENSATORY, INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES), EVEN IF TORONTO STAR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEBSITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. IN NO EVENT SHALL TORONTO STARâ€™S TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR ACCESSING THIS SITE.X