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Let’s Identify This Tail Light Fragment From A Hit-And-Run [UPDATE: Solved]

Jalopnik sleuths, we call upon you and your inherent car knowledge. Update: Damn! You guys are good!

A deputy emailed us earlier today with two curious photographs of what appear to be fragments of tail light lenses. He is investigating a hit-and-run crash and believes that the suspect car left behind these two fragments.

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Since then, he’s been able to identify the make and model of the suspect car, but we thought you guys might like a take a crack at determining what it is. The imprinted number seems to be 400111 003A. Does that mean anything to you? Where do you think it came from?

Update 5:20 p.m.: Good Lord you guys are fast. We published this story

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/lets-identify-this-tail-light-fragment-from-a-hit-and-r-1819284482

Let’s Identify This Tail Light Fragment From A Hit-And-Run

Jalopnik sleuths, we call upon you and your inherent car knowledge. Update: Damn! You guys are good!

A deputy emailed us earlier today with two curious photographs of what appear to be fragments of tail light lenses. He is investigating a hit-and-run crash and believes that the suspect car left behind these two fragments.

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Since then, he’s been able to identify the make and model of the suspect car, but we thought you guys might like a take a crack at determining what it is. The imprinted number seems to be 400111 003A. Does that mean anything to you? Where do you think it came from?

Update 5:20 p.m.: Good Lord you guys are fast. We published this story

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/lets-identify-this-tail-light-fragment-from-a-hit-and-r-1819284482

Lexus SUV Drives Over People Fighting In Street, No One Died But It’s All So Depressing

A big, stupid brawl among young women in Griffin, Georgia, ended when five people were injured from a Lexus SUV that was driven into the fight, and right over some of the participants. This is the opposite of a feel-good story here: the footage is graphic, the actions of the people involved are awful, and everything will just leave you feeling depressed. So you’ve been warned.

The fight was between a number of teenage girls, and seems to have been centered on two of them, and the fight was likely sparked by the same inane reasons that teenaged kids have been fighting in high schools and playgrounds and backyards for centuries. It’s not really clear, and it barely matters.

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What does matter more is that this stupid teenage brawl was broken up

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/lexus-suv-drives-over-people-fighting-in-street-no-one-1819000880

Lexus SUV Drives Over People Fighting In Street, No One Died But …

A big, stupid brawl among young women in Griffin, Georgia, ended when five people were injured from a Lexus SUV that was driven into the fight, and right over some of the participants. This is the opposite of a feel-good story here: the footage is graphic, the actions of the people involved are awful, and everything will just leave you feeling depressed. So you’ve been warned.

The fight was between a number of teenage girls, and seems to have been centered on two of them, and the fight was likely sparked by the same inane reasons that teenaged kids have been fighting in high schools and playgrounds and backyards for centuries. It’s not really clear, and it barely matters.

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What does matter more is that this stupid teenage brawl was broken up

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/lexus-suv-drives-over-people-fighting-in-street-no-one-1819000880

Welcome to an American City Where the Government Barely Exists

On Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, Michigan, a historical marker stands in front of a derelict industrial building. It reads, “Here at his Highland Park Plant, Henry Ford in 1913 began the mass production of automobiles on a moving assembly line…Mass production soon moved from here to all phases of American industry and set the pattern of abundance for 20th Century living.”

In the 21st century, however, that “pattern of abundance” is absent in Highland Park, a three-square-mile city nestled in the middle of the much-larger Detroit that has become one of the most economically depressed places in America. The list of difficulties it faces is uniquely long and dire.

The city, which reached its peak population of nearly 53,000 in the 1930s, is home to just over 10,000 residents today. Its industrial base eroded with the departure of Ford and later Chrysler. Highland Park’s last high school closed in 2015, and

Read more at: http://splinternews.com/welcome-to-an-american-city-where-the-government-barely-1818667220

Let’s ID These Broken Car Parts To Help Find A Hit-And-Run Driver

The city of Denton, Texas police reached out to me earlier today because they need our help. A vehicle hit a pedestrian, and then took off before the driver or the car could be identified. The wreck did damage the vehicle, which shed some shattered bits of light and trim at the scene. Now police would like our help to identify what kind of car these pieces came from.

We’ve done these before, and we’ve done them well. There’s no better online community than the Jalopnik Hive Mind to figure this kind of thing out, but this one looks particularily tricky.

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The parts are really quite small—some just shards, if we’re honest. But I bet there’s just enough here to figure this out.

The largest piece is

Read more at: http://jalopnik.com/lets-id-these-broken-car-parts-to-help-find-a-hit-and-r-1818562456

Mazda Is Still Working On Its New Rotary Engine And It Could Possibly Have Lasers

Image: Mazda

Mazda’s been working on a new rotary engine for pretty much forever at this point, though since the demise of the RX-8 in 2012, it’s been car vaporware, salivated over by some Internet blogs but never materializing. But now we have an update! The rotary engine is still happening, Mazda said recently, despite what you may have heard.

In fact: I’m about to blow your mind by telling you that Mazda actually never stopped working on the rotary engine. So to say it’s still working on it is kind of a “no shit” statement.

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Here’s Kiyoshi Fujiwara, the company’s senior managing executive officer of research and development, to CarAdvice last week:

“For surviving, Mazda needs money to spend on autonomous driving technology, co-pilot and next-gen SkyActiv-D, and

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/of-course-mazda-is-still-working-on-their-new-rotary-en-1802144895

I Love Big And Dumb Fixed Wings: A Confession

Image credit: Kristen Lee/Jalopnik

Sometimes, when I’m driving around, my heart is filled with scorn. Scorn for bad vanity plates. Scorn for fake, stick-on hood vents from AutoZone. Scorn for cheap, aftermarket aero bits that do nothing. But here’s the thing: when the big and dumb wing comes stock, then I love it. There’s just something so lighthearted and carefree about them.

Image credit: Kristen Lee/Jalopnik

I’m not talking about the folding wings, like on a standard Jaguar F-Type, either. I’m talking about the big, fixed ones that you can’t hide from the cops. I see them as a kind of rebellion from the button-down look that sells cars to the mainstream public. Most car buyers see a big wing and they go, “Oh, that looks too boy-racer.” And they move on. That’s

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/i-love-big-and-dumb-fixed-wings-a-confession-1798627387

What Car Do You Unreasonably Hate And Why?

We can’t help it: sometimes we just hate certain cars. It could be because of the way they look, drive or how they were made. This can happen despite the badge it wears on its nose.

Take the last great American hero, David Tracy, example. If you weren’t previously aware, David likes Jeeps. Except for the Jeep Compass. Specifically, the 2007 to 2016 model.

David loathes this Jeep in particular because it was built on a compact car platform, ugly and horribly unreliable. The thing had a crap transmission and a cramped, low-quality interior.

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In all the time that I’ve known him, I’ve only ever seen David get really fired up about the Jeep Compass.

How about you? What’s

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/what-car-do-you-unreasonably-hate-and-why-1798304142

Bystanders Fight Back After Ford Mustang Plows Into Them

We’ve heard it all before. Whether leaving Cars Coffee, stopping in at a cake shop, or checking out the latest Lamborghinis, Ford Mustangs have a way of getting out of control of their owners. This latest incident of a Mustang barreling into a crowd in Bellflower, California, will likely surprise no one. But when the driver tried to flee the scene, the crowd went wild.

This appears to be a case of innocent hooliganism gone wrong. The Instagram video begins with a white Mustang and a black Dodge pickup doing donuts in a parking lot, surrounded by a fairly large crowd. Rather than a wild tail slide, the Mustang seems to go into terminal understeer, accelerating straight into the crowd despite its front wheels being fully turned left.

But rather than stay and face the music, the Mustang backs up and attempts to

Read more at: http://www.thedrive.com/watch-this/13663/bystanders-fight-back-after-ford-mustang-plows-into-them