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Wednesday, November 04, 2009


That’s right, it is time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.

(3 June 2009, North Carolina) Greensboro was innundated with four inches of pouring rain in two hours leading to standing water, and stranding cars on several roads. Rosanne Tippett, 50, was not deterred. She hopped on her moped and drove to a convenience store where she possibly had a beer, according to her mother, before deciding to blunder home through the storm. She phoned home to share her intentions, saying, "My moped has two rubber wheels, Mom, I'll be fine."

North Carolina does not require a license to own a moped.
Ms. Tippett had acquired hers two years previously after a DUI conviction.

The Highway Patrol had blocked off several roads that were inundated with water, including Ms. Tippett's path home. But Ms. Tippett rode right past the officer and the barriers, lost control of her vehicle, and fell into the swollen creek below. The officer retrieved rope from his vehicle and proceeded to haul her from the water.

He then interviewed Ms. Tippett, probably inquiring about her motivation for speeding through a roadblock during a flash flood. The officer began to suspect that she had been drinking. When he briefly returned to his patrol car, Ms. Tippett took the opportunity to confirm his suspicions. She escaped--by jumping back into the creek!

The Highway Patrol officer attempted to rescue her again, but alas, it was too late. The victim's mother speculated that her daughter's motivation for jumping into a flooded creek was to rescue her drowning moped. "She loved that thing."


At 5:09 AM, Blogger Brian Miller said...

lol. i dont know if i should say this but i lived in Greensboro once. having two rubber wheels makes all the difference. lol.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Mona said...

I am speechless too! This is so unbelievable!!

I hope you are doing good james!

At 10:49 AM, Blogger snowelf said...

More proof nothing should come between a girl and her moped...


At 4:41 AM, Blogger g-man said...

Booze...Ya gotta love it :-)

At 10:25 AM, Blogger lime said...


At 5:58 AM, Blogger Anny Cook said...

I guess it takes all kinds...


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