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2021
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UPDATED: Five hospitalized after eight vehicle crash shuts down U.S. 158 at Kitty Hawk Road

Crews working to right the truck that overturned in the crash on U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk on July 1, 2021. [NCDOT image]

Five people were hospitalized following a crash that involved eight vehicles shut down U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk Thursday morning that led to major backups in the milepost 4 area through midday.

Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel Johnson said in a statement their investigation points to a tanker truck traveling north on Croatan Highway that moved into the right turn lane to avoid several vehicles in both main travel lanes.

The vehicle then swerved and entered the intersection at a high rate of speed after running a red light, struck a car traveling west on Kitty Hawk Road and then subsequently overturned, sliding into the southbound travel lanes.

The vehicle that started the crash then hit five additional vehicles, including another commercial vehicle that were stopped for the red light.

Four motorists were taken by Dare County EMS to the Outer Banks Hospital. One was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by Dare MedFlight with serious injuries.

“The investigation continues and charges will be forthcoming. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the investigation,” Johnson said.

Kitty Hawk Police and Fire, Dare County EMS, Kill Devil Hills Fire and Police, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Duck Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement responded to the scene.

“We would also like to thank Seto’s and Bayside Towing for their quick response and assistance in getting the road clear,” Johnson said.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story was updated to reflect new information provided by the Kitty Hawk Police Department.

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2021
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As car-centric Cape Cod tries to cut emissions, transportation is a challenge



As Cape Cod launches its first strategic plan to slash its greenhouse gas output, the need to rein in transportation emissions is emerging as a substantial challenge for the sprawling, car-centric region.

In April, the Cape Cod Commission regional planning authority released a draft climate action plan that finds transportation is responsible for more than 55% of greenhouse gas emissions in the region. That’s significantly higher than the statewide average of 42%. While the report recommends efforts to increase electric vehicle adoption, strengthen public transit, and shape land-use policies to reduce sprawl, the current development patterns and highly seasonal nature of the economy pose significant obstacles. 

“It’s obviously a big challenge,” said Steven Tupper, transportation program manager for the commission. “We have a unique seasonality and a unique geography.”

Cape Cod, a 15-town region covering nearly 400 square miles in southeastern Massachusetts, is an iconic tourist area notable for its beaches and as the summer destination for the Kennedy family. Roughly 213,000 people live on the Cape year-round, according to the United States Census Bureau, but that number nearly triples during the summer as vacationers and second-homeowners flock to the region. 

The heavy reliance on cars on Cape Cod has its roots in the historical development of the region. Until the late 1800s, Cape residents were largely clustered into small harborside villages that sprung up around maritime industries. The transformation into a tourist destination began around the turn of the century and accelerated from 1950 on. Neighborhoods full of detached homes with spacious yards began filling in space between formerly isolated village centers. 

Today, the result is a spread-out population that is dependent on cars to reach doctor’s appointments, shop for groceries, or visit friends.

“There’s going to be, without question, the need for automobiles in this region,” Tupper said.

Electric vehicles are essential

As in the rest of the state, getting more people on the Cape to drive electric vehicles is an essential part of the strategy for lowering transportation emissions. The regional climate plan calls for encouraging the development of new charging stations, but executing on those strategies is not entirely in the commission’s control: Utilities and property owners will need to execute the actual installations.

“We’ve been highlighting areas that could use additional charging infrastructure, but we’ll need a lot of partners to make that development actually happen,” Tupper said. 

At the same time, drivers need more education about charging and the actual capacities of electric vehicles, said Terry Gallagher, a Wellfleet resident who bought his first electric vehicle, a Volkswagen ID.4, earlier this year. 

Many potential electric vehicle owners cite fear of running out of power without a charging station nearby — a phenomenon known as range anxiety — as a reason not to buy. 

In Gallagher’s experience, this fear is overblown, he said. Gallagher plugs his vehicle into the exterior outlet on his home, though he intends to have a faster, 240-volt charger installed in the coming months, and has had no trouble keeping his

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2021
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TikTokers are freaking out over this video of a topless Jeep driving through a car wash: ‘They’re gonna get soaked’

If you thought using a drive-through car wash was pretty straightforward, think again. 

A new, mega-viral TikTok shows just how wrong things can go at a car wash. It’s all thanks to a user named Samijo (@samijo_xoxo), who managed to capture the moment when a Jeep full of passengers drove straight into the drive-through car wash. The only problem? They did it without any windows or doors.

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“Car wash or water park?” Samijo captioned her clip, which now has more than 3 million views. 

The video shows the Jeep, with what appears to be three women inside, entering the car wash. In the background, Samijo expresses her own bewilderment. 

“Oh my God, they’re letting them go,” she says. “Are they for real? They’re gonna get soaked.”

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TikTok users were almost incredulous watching the clip, and some couldn’t believe it actually happened. That is, until another TikTok user, who allegedly happened to be visiting the car wash at the same time, posted their own video of the incident. 

“To the other video floating around of the Jeep pulling into the car wash, here’s our perspective,” user Nick Mendola (@nickmendola) captioned his clip

In Mendola’s video, the camera follows the Jeep full of women as they ride through the entire car wash — enduring water canons, soap and automated squeegees. 

“I just don’t understand why y’all let them do that,” one user commented

Somehow, this is just the latest viral TikTok centered around strange driving incidents. Earlier in 2021, a teenager drew millions of views after sharing how she accidentally destroyed part of her parents’ house while pulling out of the driveway. Meanwhile, a group of TikTokers was criticized for pulling a “ridiculous” prank at a Taco Bell drive-thru.

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2021
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Cincinnati grandfather riding bicycle killed in hit-and-run crash in Bond Hill

CINCINNATI — Police were searching Friday for the driver who hit and killed a Cincinnati grandfather earlier that morning before fleeing the scene. The man’s family is pleading with the driver to come forward.

Investigators said a blue Acura or Honda hit Gerard Crumpley, 61, around 4:30 a.m. on Joseph Street in Bond Hill. He was at the edge of his driveway with a bicycle, family members said. It was unclear by Friday afternoon if he was riding the bike or standing with it.

“The bike was stuck under their car,” said Crumpley’s brother, Greg Crumpley. “The front tire was here with him. They had to get out and take it from out of the car and throw it.”

Crumpley’s family was working to help gather surveillance video from homes nearby.

Tanya Green said she was walking past and saw her childhood friend on the ground outside his home. She said a neighbor had already called 911.

“He opened his eyes, and I told him just hold on they’re on the way,” Green said. “They on they way. Because she said she had called 10 minutes before I got here, but it even took 10 more minutes for them to get here. But, I was holding his hand. And then, he just drifted on again, but I was right there. He didn’t die by himself.”

He lived at the home with his brother, Greg. Family members said the two helped take care of their mother there.

“She has dementia,” said Greg. “She’s going to ask me a million times, ‘What happened? Where’s he at?’.”

Crumpley was a father of two, grandfather of seven with three great-grandchildren and three surviving siblings.

“Everybody around here knew him because he was … Mr. Fix-It,” said Greg. “Everything everybody needed, he did it.”

The family said they want the city to install speed bumps on Joseph Street to protect others.

“They put them on the next street, but they never got here,” said Greg Crumpley.

Police said if you see a blue Honda or Acura with front-end damage, that could be the car involved in this crash.

Call investigators at 513-352-2514.

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2021
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Karma Automotive Debuts First Club Car Current Vehicles Produced Under Contract Manufacturing Agreement With AYRO

The relationship with AYRO is part of Karma Automotive’s ongoing business-to-business (B2B) initiatives, utilizing KICC and the company’s OEM expertise and capabilities, to provide manufacturing, engineering, design, and other services to customers in the mobility space.

By combining AYRO’s end-user, market intelligence and engineering expertise with KICC’s manufacturing capabilities and development experience, the companies aim to deliver light-duty trucks and electric delivery vehicles to businesses across the U.S. The Club Car Current is engineered for multiple bed options and accessories—van box, pickup truck with sides, flatbed configurations—for fleet versatility. It is also certified under California’s California Air Resource Board (CARB) Certification Program with “cleanest” scores for global warming and air quality of zero emission vehicles, making it an ideal solution for the local market.      .

“Having the first of these vehicles roll off the line at our KICC facility is a great step forward in our relationship with AYRO and Club Car and will help us deliver on our Climate Pledge efforts to become net-zero by 2040,” said Dr. Lance Zhou, Karma’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to growing our B2B business and delivering clean energy vehicles for other customers in the future.”

Karma Chief of Staff, Mikael Elley, said, “KICC’s strategic Southern California location near major supply routes, combined with our expertise and proximity to one of the largest electric vehicle markets, makes us an attractive partner. Our proven capabilities and quick turnaround times enable us to work with a wide range of customers—including startups and traditional automakers—to make their products succeed.”

“Karma is helping us meet strong demand from our fleet customers in delivering the initial run of vehicles from their Moreno Valley facility despite supply chain hurdles impacting production for the rest of the industry,” said AYRO CEO Rod Keller. “These purpose-built electric vehicles are fully customizable, affordable and available now, delivering on our brand promise to provide real-world solutions that meet the needs of businesses of all types.”

“Karma has done a fantastic job in meeting tight deadlines, and their plant exceeded our rigorous quality standards in assembling the new 2022 Club Car Current,” said Club Car Commercial Leader, Brant Mitchell. “The Current features new options for improved safety and comfort in the same compact, customizable design that universities, restaurants, governments, hospitals, hotel resorts, sports stadiums, and airports across the U.S. have come to love.”

ABOUT KICC 
Beginning operations in 2017 and re-named in 2019, the Karma Innovation and Customization Center (KICC) is California-based Karma Automotive’s production hub. The KICC facility in Moreno Valley, CA houses production of the company’s current model, the 2022 Karma GS-6 luxury electric vehicle. In addition to providing high quality craftsmanship and technology integration for Karma vehicles, KICC also provides contract manufacturing, engineering, and other services for various companies in the mobility space.

KICC sprawls over 556,000 square feet and is home to the company’s chassis and body shops, trim and final assembly, e-coat and paint shop, complete flash and end-of-line testing. The facility contains