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If Black Friday sales and congestion were not enough, Black Friday wild drivers make the day more difficult

DAVID F. ASHTON - Although this Kias inadvertent collision with a power pole looked severe, no injuries were reported. The impatient driver of a red SUV, whoever he or she may be, is blamed for causing a collision involving two other vehicles along southbound S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses near Flavel Street just before 2 p.m. on "Black Friday" – the day after Thanksgiving – November 29.

According to witnesses, just south of S.E. Henderson Street, the big vehicle cut across the highway, startling nearby drivers. Trying to avoid a collision with it, the driver of a white Honda Pilot accidently sideswiped a Kia SUV, sending that vehicle into a power pole.

The red van that reportedly triggered the smashup drove off; that vehicle was not actually involved in the pileup, so technically, that driver was probably not liable for a "hit-and-run" citation; but citations for careless driving and possibly other infractions would certainly still be in order.

Despite the crash, no injuries were reported; but Black Friday afternoon traffic was snarled for a while on the Avenue of Roses until both vehicles could be towed away. The original driver causing the accident has not yet been identified.


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