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Flying Cars Are a Reality in Santa Ana

Flying Cars Are a Reality in Santa Ana
In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, photo provided by Orange County Fire Authority, a vehicle that crashed into a building hangs from a second story window in Santa Ana, Calif. (Capt. Stephen Horner /Orange County Fire Authority via AP)

By with Michael R. Shannon Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:00 AM Current | Bio | Archive

And now for the latest in auto aviation news…

Firefighters and assorted rescue personnel had to perform an extraction at a dentist’s office in Santa Ana, California, according to the Orange County Register. They removed a Nissan Altima that was impacted (pun intended) into the second floor of the dentist’s office. The procedure was performed without anesthetic, since the driver was already flying high before his car went airborne.

In addition to the new drive-into window on the second floor, the office also suffered smoke and fire damage. The car’s occupants suffered “minor injuries.” The driver (I hesitate to call him that since what he did was hardly driving, but he was found behind the wheel) was admitted to the hospital for “observation” and speculation.

In what qualifies as real understatement the police news release drolly commented the car “was traveling at a high rate of speed” that approached escape velocity. The Altima hit a raised center median dividing the street so hard it was launched into the air, which gives new meaning to the term “off ramp.”

Photos of the building with the car sticking out of the second floor bring to mind those kitschy restaurants that put more emphasis on decoration than dining.

Fortunately, this particular mid-air collision occurred on Sunday when the office was closed. Dentists have enough trouble convincing timid patients to come in without adding negligent Nissan worries to their fears.

Up until quite recently I was under the impression cars crashing into houses, airborne or otherwise, was a rare occurrence. I was mistaken.

Since then I’ve discovered another California impromptu residential airport in San Jose. There Ray Minter lives at the bottom of a long, straight off-ramp from I-680 that serves as a launch pad for Car Canaveral. During the time he’s lived in his home upwards of two dozen assorted vehicles have crashed into his yard or his dwelling.

Ray is presenting a hardened target, but drunks, drug addicts, the drowsy and the generally incompetent keep trying their luck. Complete details can be found here.

Interestingly enough, short-term automobile airships are one form of lunacy that’s not confined to California. In Maryland, 88-year-old Leonard Miller suffers from a vague sense of impending doom each time he hears a car approach his home. Miller’s home has been hit by airborne autos five times and he’s not at the bottom of a hill like Minter.

Leonard lives at the top of a hill, so cars really have to be moving to achieve liftoff. His story can be found here.

The moral to this story is that although I’ve been skeptical of self-driving, robot cars, I can think of one dentist and two homeowners who are very open to the idea for their own peace of mind.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Firefighters and assorted rescue personnel had to perform an extraction at a dentist’s office in Santa Ana, California, according to the Orange County Register.
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