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A state police report revealed Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray was involved in a high speed car accident that sent his state-issued Ford Crown Victoria careening into a ledge and flipping over after it had struck a rock ledge at 108 mph, according to crash data found in the black box of Murray’s vehicle.
The shocking report becomes sensational when it also revealed that Lieutenant Governor Murray apparently fell asleep behind the wheel, did not wear a seatbelt, and survived the accident with barely a scratch. A field sobriety test conducted on Murray indicated a zero blood-alcohol reading. Thankfully, no other vehicle was involved.
Ultimately, Murray was issued a $555 citation for speeding, marked lanes violation, and a seat belt violation. Having cheated death and not have his license revoked, $555 sounds like an extremely good deal to us.
Watch the video of Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murphy’s statement issued on Tuesday here.
Today, Ford Motor Company announced the official end of the Panther Platform, which has served as the underpinning of numerous Ford products, including the Ford Crown Victoria and the Lincoln Town Car, since 1979.
Arguably one of the most successful products in automotive history, sales amongst fleet buyers for the Town Car remained strong and the decision from Ford to end production derived simply from the platform’s age.
The termination not only marks the end of an icon, but it will also have a significant effect on the Ontario, Canada plant as well. The plant responsible for decades of Panther production has a combination of 1,100 Panther assembly line workers plus numerous suppliers who must face a loss of 15,000 jobs. Ford added that production at other Ontario plants will not be reduced or affected.
GALLERY: Panther Platform Products
With the outdated Crown Victoria taxi being put to rest, the competition to select the future NYC cab has turned into a fierce fight.
Three different models were chosen to be tested including the Nissan NV200, Ford Transit Connect and the Turkish entry, the Karsan V1. Ultimately the NV200 was chosen to serve for the next ten years, but the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) could approve other vehicles for the fleet. The Transit Connect was among the vehicles selected for approval, and taxi companies can choose to add the Ford van as well. New York will join Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia where officials have approved Transit Connect Taxis for use.
“For decades, Ford has been synonymous with New York City taxis, and we are pleased residents and tourists now will benefit from our next-generation vehicle,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas.
For everyone out there despondent about the news that cassette decks will no longer be available in new cars, you’ve just been granted a reprieve. We are happy to announce that there’s still hope for your extensive collection of tapes from the ‘80s and ‘90s.
It turns out that the Crown Victoria still comes with a cassette player as part of its entertainment package. But, we’ve got some bad news, and some more bad news. The bad news is the Crown Vic will end production later this year, so if you really want the cassette deck in your new car, you need to get one before the year is out. The other bad news is it’s only available as a fleet sale. Now all you have to do is convince your boss to buy it as a company vehicle and you’ll be set.
For the bulk of us, it looks like the end of an era is upon us. What are you going to do with your cassette tapes?