California woman sues Google for being hit by car

The team of Charles Darwin and Google is one to be respected. The team’s underlying skills set includes Natural Selection and Google’s ability to tell people what to do using hand-held maps, and together they are reducing the population at an amazing rate. The team almost claimed another victim when Lauren Rosenberg decided that she’s walk a few miles from 96 Daly Street, Park City, Utah, to 1710 Prospector Avenue, Park City, Utah using nothing more (seriously, nothing more) than Google’s walking directions to get her there.

To follow these directions. she’d have to walk along Utah State Route 224, where she was promptly struck by a passing motorist, Patrick Hardwood, and now Rosenberg is suing Google for having provided dangerous instructions.

It can be conceded that sometimes the most stupid things can seem quite reasonable at the time, but let’s just get control of our sensibilities here for a moment. To decide to walk down the middle of the highway as it has reported requires a conscious decision to be made that goes completely against natural human survival instincts, just as jumping out of an airplane with a parachute. It may seem unlikely that any harm will come, but there is always a little voice that poses the notion that the opposite is true.

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June 1st, 2010

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