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What Happens When Brake vs. Speed?

#CourtCases #speeding #accidents #funnynames

In 1992 the Mississippi Supreme Court took up a case that stemmed from injuries resulting from a car accident. The accident occurred when a vehicle that was going too fast for conditions rear-ended another vehicle. The driver of the fast-moving vehicle was Sally Speed, and the driver who was rear-ended was Wilnetia Brake. As a result, the law books of Mississippi report the classic case of Brake v. Speed.

The opinion of the court notes, “On March 7, 1986, Brake was operating a vehicle which was hit in the rear by a car being driven by Speed.” This sentence is marked by a footnote, which reads, “Thus, Speed rear-ended Brake — how else could it have happened?!”

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