Policy-makers must keep up with technological developments in automobiles so that better cars can save lives.
The black Mercedes-Benz sped south on L.A.’s La Brea Avenue at, allegedly, more than 90 miles per hour. Despite heavy cross traffic and a clear red light in its path, nothing in its operating system prompted the vehicle to slow, let alone stop, as it approached the intersection with Slauson Avenue. At 1:40 p.m. the Mercedes struck Asherey Ryan’s westbound car with such force that it was plowed 50 feet from the spot of the collision, instantaneously bursting into flames. Ryan; her boyfriend, Reynold Lester; her one-year-old son, Alonzo; and her unborn child were all killed.
Jordan McGillis is a Paulson Policy Analyst at the Manhattan Institute.
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