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RE: [carfree_cities] 'Cars for Kids' a Killer Fundraiser

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  • Jack Barbour
    This is further proof of how deeply the car culture is imbedded in our society. Why was motor vehicle activity instead of a bicycling centric activity used as
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 18, 2007
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      This is further proof of how deeply the car culture is imbedded in our
      society. Why was motor vehicle activity instead of a bicycling centric
      activity used as a venue to for this type of fundraiser? I have rarely
      come across of non-cyclist who hasn't sung the mantra of bicycle being
      dangerous while at the same moment seeing any of the inherent dangers of
      the automobile, even something as simple as poisonous gases emitting
      from its tailpipe. Our local paper ran an article on the local karting
      scene, showing youngsters as young a 3, tearing around a small dirt
      track in full face helmets and fire suits on karts that can run as fast
      a 60 mph. I can almost guarantee, that the father of the child who
      suffered the head injury during the cycling incident, and supporters of
      these charity events believe a bicycle to be dangerous, while the motor
      vehicle activities to be safe.

      Jack Barbour
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      From: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ryan Lanyon
      Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 8:59 AM
      To: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [carfree_cities] 'Cars for Kids' a Killer Fundraiser

      Thought the ironies of this story might be of interest to the list. Six
      teens and young adults killed at a fundraiser for kids that uses cars as
      an attraction. The fundraiser was started when one man's son suffered a
      serious head injury while cycling.

      http://www.thestar <http://www.thestar.com/News/article/226550>
      com/News/article/226550

      6 killed at charity car show TheStar.com - News - 6 killed at charity
      car show
      June 18, 2007
      WILL YORK
      Associated Press

      SELMER, Tenn. * Cars for Kids has staged a charity car show for 18 years
      in this small town, and the drivers always do crowd-pleasing burnouts *
      spinning the tires to make them heat up and smoke * at the end of the
      parade.
      There had never been an accident until this past weekend, when pro drag
      racer Troy Warren Critchley lost control of his car and six people lost
      their lives.
      The six people killed were all in their teens and early 20s, Tennessee
      Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said. Saturday's wreck injured at
      least 20 others, including a 5-year-old boy, who were taken to hospitals
      in Tennessee and Mississippi.
      The Highway Patrol scheduled a news conference for Monday to talk about
      the accident investigation.
      Witnesses questioned the decision Sunday to let the driver speed down a
      highway with no guardrails, lined on both sides by hundreds of
      spectators.
      "It ain't really safe to do anything with drag cars on a city street,"
      said 19-year-old Garett Moore, who said he was about 15 feet away from
      the wreck, but was uninjured. "They shouldn't have done it.''
      Amateur video of the crash, broadcast on WMC-TV in Memphis, showed the
      car's engine revving loudly before the vehicle sped down a highway.
      After a few hundred feet, the smoking car skidded off the road and into
      the crowd.
      Critchley, an Australian drag racer who is now based in Wylie, Texas,
      suffered minor injuries and was taken by car to a nearby hospital for
      treatment, authorities said. No criminal charges have been filed against
      Critchley, Browning said.
      There was a short guardrail along part of the highway, but not along the
      stretch where the crash occurred.
      Nick Staples, who was at the car show and charity event with his wife
      and three children, said he was standing 20 feet from where the car
      ploughed into the audience.
      "There should have been guard rails," Staples said. "But even if there
      had been, it wouldn't have mattered.''
      Mourners placed small votive candles, flowers, teddy bears and a ceramic
      angel at the crash site, which is located along state Highway 64 near
      the intersection with state Highway 45.
      The Highway Patrol said Raven Griswell, 15, of Finger; and Sean Michael
      Driskill, 22, of Adamsville, died at the scene. Four others * Brook L.
      Pope, 20, of Selmer; Scarlett Replogle, 15, of Selmer; Kimberly A.
      Barfield, 17, of Adamsville; and Nicole Griswell, 19, of Selmer, all
      died later in area hospitals.
      Authorities closed the festival after the crash.
      Cars for Kids holds several events throughout the nation and raises
      close to $200,000 annually for charities that help children in need,
      according to its Web site.
      The charity was formed in 1990, two years after founder Larry Price's
      son, Chad, suffered a severe head injury in a bicycle accident. Price
      promised that if his son was saved from lifelong injuries, he would
      spend the rest of his life raising funds for disabled children,
      according to the Web site.
      Price said he hoped to keep the charity going, but he wouldn't do any
      more burnouts on public streets.
      Associated Press writer Woody Baird contributed to this report.

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