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Old 05-22-2007, 08:33 PM   #1
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A shoo-in for the Darwin Awards (maybe)

From here. When I originally heard about this, I thought that he was killed running from his car. Now that I read that he was in the car, it's hard to know if he was trying to kill himself too or if he was just really stupid.

I think that suicides don't count for the Darwin Awards, so I guess the answer would determine his eligibility. Personally, I think the reason he wasn't wearing a seatbelt was so that he could run for it.

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LOS ANGELES – Homicide detectives are trying to determine the motive of a man who they believe attempted to kill his girlfriend when he parked their car in the path of a commuter train. Brandon J. Funches, 21, died Monday when debris from the crash struck him after he had been ejected from the car when the train hit, authorities said. The girlfriend, whose name was not released, was seriously injured, but expected to survive.


Witnesses told police Funches, of South Los Angeles, was arguing with his girlfriend before he drove the car in front of a group of other vehicles stopped at a rail crossing and parked on the tracks. Moments later a northbound Metrolink train slammed into the car, Officer Mike Lopez said. The train hit the rear passenger side of the car, spinning it around and ejecting Funches. The girlfriend, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. She was later upgraded to stable condition, Lopez said.
Detectives believe that Funches placed the car on the tracks with the passenger side facing the train in hopes of killing his 23-year-old girlfriend. They were also investigating whether he intended to commit suicide, as well.
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:44 PM   #2
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Got my vote.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:05 AM   #3
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It was an attempted murder-suicide. Not so rare. Usually, they crazy guy will do it with a gun and then have a face off with the cops surrounding their house before killing themselves. Don't you guys ever watch local news? Fox always reports this stuff.

This time it was a train, and the girl got away (sort of.)
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:26 PM   #4
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He obviously bought that car with the intention of killing her.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:05 PM   #5
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Keep gun-thread rage in the gun threads, dude... seriously.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:44 PM   #6
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Pipe down.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:52 PM   #7
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I'm still not convinced the suicide was intentional. It sounds like he might have had his seatbelt off and the door open when the train hit. Maybe the cops can figure it out.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:58 PM   #8
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I think it's safe to say he probably had his seatbelt off, but having his door open wouldn't be necessary if it was anything like the train/car collisions I've seen on the tube and the net.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:22 PM   #9
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Another version of the story indicated that he was fleeing the train crossing when the train hit the car and then his car hit him.

Stupidity, not suicide. He should get the Darwin.

Now, all women, take heed ... don't argue with a guy when he's driving.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:30 PM   #10
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Yeah, that's what Rich said at first.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:56 PM   #11
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instant karma for trying to kill his girlfriend .
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:13 AM   #12
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I agree with zippyt.
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:09 PM   #13
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This, children, is why you wear seatbelts.
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:25 PM   #14
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Here's another Darwin candidate, but with a twist. A man running from the cops came to a stop, jumped off of a bridge to get away, and fell to his death. Turns out, he wasn't who the cops thought he was!

Story here: http://www.wmctv5.com/Global/story.asp?S=6566258
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Old 05-24-2007, 09:22 PM   #15
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They only knew Williams by his nickname so even after Williams jumped to his death police assumed he was the man they were looking for.
Was his nickname by any chance 'stupid'?
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