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Anonymous Driver Sends $1000 To Police Apologizing For Minor Hit And Run From The ’80s

Photo credit: South St. Paul Police Department

A Minnesota police department got an anonymous envelope last month, sent to the attention of the chief. Inside was $1,000 in cash and a letter, which said the sender hit a car one night in the ‘80s and drove off. The sender apologized for any inconvenience caused three decades ago and asked for forgiveness.

The local Pioneer Press reports that Bill Messerich, chief of the South St. Paul, Minnesota police department, said he got the envelope and that it came with 10 $100 bills “staring at [him] in the face.” That kind of thing doesn’t happen every day, Messerich told the outlet. With the money was a letter, which the Pioneer Press reports said the following:

Dear Sir,

On a night back in 1985 or 1986 I

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Anonymous Driver Sends $1,000 To Police Apologizing For Minor …

Photo credit: South St. Paul Police Department

A Minnesota police department got an anonymous envelope last month, sent to the attention of the chief. Inside was $1,000 in cash and a letter, which said the sender hit a car one night in the ‘80s and drove off. The sender apologized for any inconvenience caused three decades ago and asked for forgiveness.

The local Pioneer Press reports that Bill Messerich, chief of the South St. Paul, Minnesota police department, said he got the envelope and that it came with 10 $100 bills “staring at [him] in the face.” That kind of thing doesn’t happen every day, Messerich told the outlet. With the money was a letter, which the Pioneer Press reports said the following:

Dear Sir,

On a night back in 1985 or 1986 I

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/anonymous-driver-sends-1-000-to-police-apologizing-for-1820914559

Let’s See If We Can ID This Car From A Fatal Hit And Run

The Massachusetts State Police are seeking the public’s help in identify a vehicle implicated in a fatal hit and run. The images are blurry, dark and grainy, but I believe we can help.

Here’s the full request via the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page:

PUBLIC’S HELP SOUGHT IN FATAL EAST BROOKFIELD HIT-AND-RUN

The Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit for Worcester County and the East Brookfield Police Department continue to investigate a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred on Sunday evening, October 29, 2017, on Route 9 in East Brookfield. A pedestrian was struck and killed by a passing vehicle that was traveling west on Route 9. Investigators are asking for anyone who witnessed the crash, stopped to assist, or just was traveling on Route 9 through East Brookfield at approximately 6 p.m. to contact State Police at 508-867-1170. Investigators

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Ford Will Try To Sell A Hybrid F-150 By Marketing Its Ability To Keep The Beer Cold

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1st Gear: That’s One Way To Sell A Vehicle

If you’ve ever been to Texas, you know that quite a few people enjoy letting huge clouds of black smoke spew out of their trucks. In fact, Bloomberg reports that on the list of priorities for Ford F-150 owners, fuel economy ranks No. 28—even below interior roominess.

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So, naturally, Ford won’t be trying to woo truck buyers with promises of cutting emissions or spending less money at the gas station with the hybrid version of the truck. From Bloomberg:

Instead, the marketing will go something like this: The

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New Orleans Police Asked Us To Help ID A Car So Let’s See What We Can Do

At the beginning of last year, we wrote about a hit-and-run driver in New Orleans that dragged a man four miles, killing him. That horrific crime has yet to be solved, and the New Orleans police department has reached back out to us for help, armed with some new photos. I hope we can help.

The car is some sort of recent-model dark-colored four-door sedan. We had some good possibilities last time, but in order to avoid any subconscious biases I’m not going to mention any possibilities this time.

Here’s the new images available:

Some notable details about the above image: the side marker amber reflector/light appears to be mounted at the lower edge of the headlight/indicator unit, and the license plate is trunk instead of bumper-mounted.

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/new-orleans-police-asked-us-to-help-id-a-car-so-lets-se-1820115744

Comment Of The Day: Sure Had Us Fooled Edition

Volkswagen has plans to run a car up Pikes Peak, but can it be trusted?

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Jenkies! The electric car terrorizing the mountain was just ol’ Mr. V10 TDI all along! And they would have gotten away with it too…

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Congrats on your MUTUAL COTD (sorry!) BayCat and Hans Gruber. What do you expect? A Scooby-Snack?

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Here’s How Honda’s ‘Musical Road’ In California Was Done Wrong Not Just Once, But Twice

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Back in 2008, Honda wanted to be cute and destroy a stretch of California road with grooves spaced out to play “The William Tell Overture” in tire noise as you drove across it. Well they got the grooves wrong and it sounded terrible. Not just the first time—the road workers got it wrong again when they had to relocate it.

Stumbling Asshole Caught On Video Denting A Street-Parked Porsche

All images credit Myriam

Alcohol is a hell-of-a drug, and it’s just about the only explanation I can come up with for why the person in this video was able to stumble so catastrophically straight into a street-parked 2001 Porsche Boxster S. Just wait until you see the dent.

Full disclosure: this video was sent in by friend of Jalopnik Myriam, a journalist who was my co-driver for a couple of days during last year’s Mini Takes The States (which you can read about here).

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You can see Myriam relaxing, journalisting perhaps, at the desk there in the reflection as some bozo makes a fool of themselves down below. Just take a look at the damage they left in their wake:

https://jalopnik.com/stumbling-asshole-caught-on-video-denting-a-street-park-1819425188

Couple Awarded $42 Million After Crash Because Shop Glued Roof Instead Of Welding It

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A Texas jury just awarded a couple severely injured in a crash $42 million because their vehicle, a 2010 Honda Fit, had been improperly repaired by a collision center. Instead of welding the roof, per Honda’s repair guidelines, the shop used adhesive. That, according to plaintiffs, compromised the car’s safety structure and contributed to the severe injuries sustained.

The lawsuit states that Marcia and Matthew Seebachan were involved in a crash in December of 2013, about four months after they had purchased the used Fit. Though it wasn’t stated on the Carfax or disclosed by the dealership (based on court documents, it appears the couple also filed a suit against the dealership and Honda, but both were later dismissed), the 2010 Fit had previously undergone repair work on its roof, which had—according

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If We Want Electric Autonomous Cars They’ll Need A Hell Of A Lot More Juice

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Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.

1st Gear: Surprise, Self-Driving Cars Need A Lot Of ‘Brain’ Power

Oh, you want an electric car that can also shuttle you around without you having to move a muscle? What do you think this is, magic fairy land?

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Turns out, battery- and computer-powered cars may not mix too well because autonomous driving technology needs so much power just to run. From Automotive News:

Some of today’s prototypes for fully autonomous systems consume 2 to 4 kilowatts of electricity — the equivalent of having 50 to 100 laptops continuously running in the trunk,

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/if-we-want-electric-autonomous-cars-they-ll-need-a-hell-1819327302