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A thrill-seeking joy ride ended in injury and property damage on April 16. Local police in Jamestown, New York reported that a man crashed his SUV into another vehicle while coasting without brakes down a hill. Thankfully, the car accident was not fatal, but the driver has been charged with several infractions.

Police say the 28-year-old man was attempting to get his SUV to a local scrap yard by coasting his vehicle unpowered down a hill. The man reportedly disconnected his battery before embarking on the uncontrolled descent. Police were more concerned, however, with the fact that the vehicle did not have functional brakes.

The man was unable to stop at an upcoming stop sign and struck another vehicle passing through the intersection. While the extent of the damage is currently unreported, both drivers apparently sustained minor injuries in the crash. The driver has been charged with failure to stop at a displayed stop sign, reckless endangerment, and failure to maintain adequate brakes.

Few details are known about the case at large, but the preliminary evidence suggests that the man traveling in the unpowered vehicle was in the wrong in this car accident. Depending upon the nature of the injuries sustained by the other driver, not to mention the damage to the other vehicle, it is possible the other driver may wish to pursue recourse against the driver in New York. Many times, injuries that initially seem minor develop into something more troublesome in the days and weeks after a car accident.

Source: News-Leader.com, “Police: Upstate New York man’s bad idea results in crash,” April 18, 2013