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Loose stereo speaker strikes driver, breaks his neck

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on July 31, 2007 at 1:33 pm |
July 31, 2007 1:33 pm

This cautionary tale comes to us from Trooper Jeff Merrill of the Washington State Patrol’s King County regional office.

Merrill reports that a 27-year-old Redmond man suffered a broken neck Saturday when a large stereo speaker he had in the back of his 1973 Datson 240Z flew forward and hit him when the Z-car was struck from behind on a freeway on-ramp. The man is now paralyzed from the neck down, Merrill said.

The wreck occurred in Kirkland at a metered ramp onto Interstate 405.

The Datsun was stopped at the meter light about 4:15 p.m. when it was struck by a 1998 Ford F250 pickup being driven by a 40-year-old Bothell man.

The speaker (seen here in a photo provided by the State Patrol) flew off the back dash and hit the Datsun driver in the neck at high speed, Merrill reported Tuesday. The Ford’s driver was not hurt. An investigation is underway.

Merrill warns drivers to properly mount any speakers or other auxiliary equipment inside their vehicles

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