A Florida woman has been arrested for a hit-and-run accident in Port St Lucie, after her car called the police to report the collision.
According to police, who say the 57-year-old driver hit a truck and a van before driving off, her car’s emergency assistance feature automatically called 911, reporting the accident and location.
Local news reports say at least one victim of the accident, as well as the driver, ended up in hospital.
An increasing number of cars have features which let them contact police in case of a collision, detected by monitoring internal systems such as airbags. Ford’s system, for instance, uses a connected mobile phone to call emergency services and “supply vital information, such as your GPS coordinates, in the event you do not know your location or you are not able to provide it yourself”.
The systems aren’t designed to report on their owners in case they flee the scene of a crime, but it turns out they have that effect too – particularly if the owner isn’t aware they turned it on in the first place.
ZDNet reports that emergency services made a follow-up call to the driver directly, who denied knowledge of the incident.
Former FBI agent explains why Trump just opened himself to more legal problems
Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa explained that the recent revelations that President Donald Trump made a promise to a foreign leader that made an intelligence official uncomfortable enough to declare themselves a whistleblower.
Rangapp explained that the President has a fairly wide latitude to conduct foreign affairs as he sees fit. But "when it comes to the 'outside world,' the President represents the sovereign: He is basically the voice of the United States and can negotiate with world leaders on its behalf."
Canada’s Trudeau admits to racist ‘brownface’ makeup in high school Halloween costume
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday for wearing brownface makeup to a party 18 years ago, as he scrambled to get on top of a fresh blow to a re-election campaign dogged by controversy.
Time magazine published the photograph one week into a federal election campaign with Trudeau's Liberal Party in a tight contest against the Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer.
Trudeau, 47, whose party won a landslide victory in 2015, has already been under attack for an ethics lapse and other controversies.
The black-and-white photograph shows Trudeau, then 29, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened at a gala party in 2001.
New York cop who became El Chapo’s security guard arrested for selling cocaine and taking bribes
A New York cop is being prosecuted after he was outed for selling cocaine and taking bribes after he went to work for drug kingpin El Chapo.
The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Officer Ishmael Bailey had his bail set at $50,000 after he was arrested and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court. He was charged with possession and sale of narcotics, conspiracy, bribe receiving as a public servant and failing to perform duties as a public servant.
Lawyer Jeff Cohen argued that Bailey had two children and had to pay child support. The lawyer explained that Bailey “does understand the severity of his charges.”