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Old 05-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Girl 20, Killed when Jeep tips over on her at topless Jeep event in Canada

Just like the title says... this is no good for sure. Sending prayers for the family and friends.

It was just last Saturday we were up for a trail run, had 26 Jeeps parked for a picture and yes, there were people up on others tires.

I'd have to think after reading this that the Jeep either 1. had a parking break failure or 2. was just put into gear instead of using the parking brake and the engine rolled over from the force on it.

We have a safety officer to help keep people clear during stuff like this. But this, this is a freak thing for sure. Especially when lining up for a group picture while all people are huddling together for the shot. How do you keep people cleared out ten foot on all sides of your rig when your in a photo lineup?

Stay safe everyone, remember how easy this crap can happen sometimes. This has also brought up some talks of liability waivers. We use 'em for ThumbJeeps. People need to understand though, your not waiving all liability if you get hurt somewhere on public or private land. You simply sign the waiver to leave out the Jeep Club from those liable. We get some pushback "im not going to sign that" from people thinking no insurance will cover them if they sign. Thats not the case for sure, its just to leave the club out if your actions hurt you, someone else or your vehicle.

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Published on May 19, 2013


A 20-year-old woman died Saturday during an event for Jeep enthusiasts held in a parking lot just west of downtown Edmonton.

The woman, who was a spectator, was fatally injured when a Jeep lost control during a climbing demonstration around 1 p.m.

Paramedics performed CPR on the woman but she was pronounced dead by the time she arrived at hospital.

Desiree Hallworth was standing less than a metre away when the stunt involving two Jeeps went terribly wrong. She says one of the drivers lost control and drove up onto a Jeep that the woman was leaning on.

"He drove up onto her," Hallworth said. "When he was top of the Jeep, it flipped onto its side and the girl just fell to the ground."

Hallworth said the driver of the Jeep collapsed to the ground when he got out of his vehicle. He was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.
Victim services called in to help bystanders

Hallworth said the young woman appeared to be enjoying herself moments before the incident.

"She was just laughing on top of the Jeep, enjoying all the Jeeps around and next thing you know, she's out of this world. She no longer is with us."

"It could have been us if we were a little bit closer or if he came a little bit further."

Insp. Chad Tawfik said victim services workers were called in to help the hundreds of bystanders who may have witnessed the rollover.

"Most of these people they're avid motor vehicle enthusiasts ... they're not expecting an event like this to happen so obviously it's traumatic for them," he said

The event known as "Jeeps Go Topless Day" is a fundraiser for the Edmonton Food Bank.

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Old 05-22-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Just awful.

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sorry to hear about this. Good reminder to be aware of your surroundings...
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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Jeep driver apologizes after stunt kills Edmonton woman-

Jeep driver apologizes after stunt kills Edmonton woman - Edmonton - CBC News
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That is so sad, you never know... Live your life.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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I agree... heartbreaking for sure. No one expects this stuff to happen. Even when we're wheeling and something goes wrong there normally aren't any casualties other than broken Jeep parts. I can't imagine what the family is going through right now. I read that she was 20 and planning her wedding. There are a lot of mixed facts about what happened but from witnesses I'm gathering that the Jeep came off the tire of another Jeep and somehow bolted about 20-30 feet straight ahead. The passenger tire went up the center of the silver jeep and rolled it onto its side. The before and after pics don't make a lot of sense in the media report w/the jeep being parked the opposite way later in the story.

And the driver, man... poor guy. He already said he'd rather have taken her place. No one likes an accident and now they're considering charges and someone is ranting about sueing the organizers of the event... ugh, and it was all done for charity. I hope this doesn't give the Jeep community a black eye.

As a Club president I'm curious how this will all pan out in the end. Will auto insurance cover liability claims? Or the parking lot owners? Or the Canadian JK Owners Club?
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That Sucks for sure. I knew Marilyn Manson had a twin sister out there.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:15 AM   #8
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Wow. No surprise there. People doing silly things with their Jeeps and when something goes wrong they are left speechless. I remember Indian Larry driving his bike while standing on his motorcycle seat showing off. He lost control and died. No surprise there. It was just a question of time when the stunt would go wrong.
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^ I wouldn't think putting a tire up on another jeeps tire would risk anyones life. Something went really wrong w/this one. It would be like someone dying from knitting lol. I wouldn't compare it to Indian Larry. There were a lot more risks in what he did w/that bike daily. And he also wasn't going to do the stunt that day because he did not have a throttle lock on his bike that day. The crowd talked him into it, he couldn't resist and by the speed drop w/o the throttle lock he fell. Double the risk of his normal stunt!

In this instance, something went horribly wrong with a very low risk stunt. You put your tire up on another Jeeps tire and get a photo of them together. No one should die doing that, low risk for sure.

Like no one ever does this??? Who's got pics of a tire up on another Jeep? Post 'em here!

“The event leading up to the tragic death of a young woman who was a spectator at the Jeeps Go Topless Fundraising Event for the Edmonton Food Bank, was at no time considered a safety concern. The process of one vehicle climbing the front tire of another vehicle is done extremely slowly and with people spotting to make sure it is done safely for the drivers and spectators. The vehicles were turned off and people gathered around to take pictures. When the top vehicle removes itself from that position, it is always done in reverse and very slowly. No one knows what went wrong. The proper authorities are doing their investigation and until that is finished we will not have the answers people are so desperately seeking. We take safety very seriously. At no time did anyone associated with the demonstration feel there was imminent danger." “The Alberta JK Owners Group extends their deepest and sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased. We fully support the driver of the vehicle as he is well known in the off-roading community as an experienced, conscientious, safe and considerate driver." “Our thoughts and prayers go to all those who are affected by this tragedy.”
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People will just never learn no matter how many unnecessary tragedies of this sort occur.

You are not supposed to drive your jeep up onto another jeep's tire. Bad things will happen, maybe not every time due to pure luck, but eventually people get hurt. Period. This fool was trying to impress strangers and feed his ego so other fools could stand near his lifted jeep now very unstable and on a 45 angle, and take pics with their iphones. Wow so cool for a youtube video, but now someone is dead.

Likewise you are not supposed to do motorcycle stunts and wheelies on public roads. I also see this species of fool all the time, usually wearing flip flops and shorts while doing so.

I get so angry when the stupidity of these irresponsible mouth-breathers ends up hurting not the moron himself of course, but the innocent bystander.

Sorry for the rant.
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I understand where your coming from. Just always thought a Jeep pulling up on anothers tire was a normal thing as I see it all the time. Never thought of it as dangerous, not for a minute. Its no different than pulling your car up onto ramps to change the oil. Personally, I don't see harm if three wheels are still on the ground. It wasn't the tire climb that tipped the jeep over, it was the throttle for some reason shooting him across to another parked jeep in which he drove straight up the hood on, then flipped. He was a ways away from the Jeep he drove up onto.

Sounds like a stuck throttle to me but I'll let the detectives figure that one out. Pretty crazy to imagine driving a tire straight up the center of a lifted rubicon. Look at the hood on the silver Jeep, thats where he drove up somehow???
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Hang in there sevenservices this is a lesson learned the hardway that will definitely make it to the safety officer in my local club. Safety is the first briefing item at all meetups and we will have to add something to our monthly meetings.

Our condolences to all and hope the investigation reveals something that will help in the future. Thanks for the post and your responses.
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def. will change the offroad community when it comes to safety for sure. hopefully we don't start seeing signs in parking lots "no offroad vehicles" popping up.

When we gather, it is really good for local business. I hope businesses see that and keep an open welcome to the Clubs.
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This really is terrible. Sad to see.

Does this have anything to do with being up on the tire? I guess we won't know until more info comes out. But it didn't look like it tipped off the tire, but somehow took off?
Would it have happened if it was just parked I guess too?
Unclear at this point, but very tragic.
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im thinkin' on his way off the tire, somehow going forward he either mashed the gas pedal w/the brake or the throttle malfunctioned? His rig is going in for technical investigation today.

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