NOT SAFE AT ANY SPEED: Why Some People Do Better Behind Bars Than They Do On The Outside

caroffbridge_1.jpgINQUIRER: A speeding car careered careened off Kelly Drive and plunged into the Schuylkill River at the height of the rush hour this morning as rowers and runners looked on in horror. The car, a 2000 Buick LeSabre [NOT pictured, left], sailed nearly 30 feet from the embankment before plummeting into the waters. “It was just like a Charles Bronson movie,” said Bill Ban, a rower who was finishing up his morning routine at 8 a.m. just north of Boathouse Row. “I heard squealing tires, then boom! Saw the car flying off into the river,” Ban said. “It was very dramatic.” The car floated briefly. The driver struggled with a passenger-side door and – while still talking on his cell phone – escaped. A jogger jumped into the river and rescued the driver by dragging him to shore. The man couldn’t swim, said the jogger, who declined to be identified. A bicyclist in plaid shorts helped pull the driver out of the water. “The first words out of his mouth were ‘I was off to court to get a bench warrant lifted,’ ” the jogger said. MORE

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