by Alphaville Herald on 17/12/10 at 4:32 am
Herald reporter seriously injured after driverless car hit and run
by Oswald Denimore
Corsica Mainland Continent – Alphaville Herald reporter Millennium Sands was almost killed yesterday in an accident when she tried to cross a street on foot.
"Mainland highways are usually the most deserted places you can find in Second Life, so I was unaware of any possible danger." Miss Sands recalls. "Since I’m a law-abiding citizen, I traversed the road on a crosswalk nevertheless. I had almost reached the opposite side of the road when I heard that honking noise all of a sudden – ‘BEEP BEEP’ – and then it happened!"
Herald reporter left for dead after botcar hit and run
What Miss Sands didn’t know at this point was that mainland highways see a dramatic increase in traffic lately, due to a recent contribution to the Second Life experience by AnnMarie Otoole, who livened up the streets of Second Life with a new invention: Self navigating cars.
These vehicles travel on mainland highroads in great numbers. All you need to enjoy them is to hop in and lean back. They require no steering and take you for a free ride from sim to sim all over the continent. But this new attraction can pose a deadly threat to unsuspecting citizens, as our report reveals.
Miss Sands continues her story, "Looking into the direction where the noise came from, I saw a car.
The driver seemed to be drunk, since the car didn’t drive straight ahead on one side of the road. Instead, it steered left and right, apparently searching it’s way by try and error. At first glance, I believed the driver might be a noob, or maybe an underdog like Pappy Enoch, full of self-distilled booze. But a second glance revealed something really creepy: The drivers seat was empty!"
When Miss Sands realized the danger, she tried to dodge left and right, but it was already too late. The reckless driving script that controlled the car made no attempt to brake and ran her over straight away.
"It was only a Lincoln, but it hit me like a truck. It whispered ‘Sorry’ before I blacked out." she sighed.
"Miss Sands was extremely lucky" stated the surgeon who treated her injuries. "An accident like this would be fatal for most rezidents, but she’s a real blonde. She was just too dumb to react properly and die at the spot."
While Miss Sands recovers from the accident, the Alphaville Herald has launched an in-depth investigation of what some believe to be a new malicious threat threatening life and limb of those who venture onto the mainland highways. In the Barkley sim right at the side of route 12, we discovered a suspicious gathering of botcars. Nothing can be heard, but ten or more botcars are piled up there in a heap, and some of them are in frantic motion.
What are they up to?
Are they communicating on a secret channel?
Are they forging an evil plan to hunt down more innocent rezidents like Miss Sands?
Or is this meeting a blasphemous mass orgy of botcars who dare to abuse a non-adult sim for their vile perversions? (They even have a horse there!!!)
Nobody knows, but we’ll keep an eye on this important issue!