Faulty Cars or Faulty Drivers?
On the evening of April 3, 1993, Reverend Leon Manigault and his wife, Virginia, got into their 1987 Crown Victoria, preparing to leave the driveway of their modest home on the east side of Cleveland. Mr. Manigault was a strong, vigorous man with a spotless driving record who had always taken exquisite care of his vehicle. Immediately after he place the car into drive, the terror began: the engine began to “roar like a jet,” and the car took off at full throttle out the driveway, across the street, onto a neighbor’s property, racing for roughly 300 feet before crashing into a building at 30 miles per hour. His son, John, observing the event from the front porch, noticed that the brake lights were on and that the rear wheels continued to spin after impact. Reverend Manigualt received severe head injuries in the crash, rendering him permanently comatose.