A Driverless License: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week
Plus, a cop who went the distance—figuratively and literally
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2016 5:19 AM CDT
Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt exits his modified Corvette on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

(Newser) – A cop who went the distance and a quadriplegic who can drive again make this week's list of the five most brilliant stories:

  • Cop Could've Arrested Man but Drove Him 100 Miles Instead: Mark Ross found out Sunday morning his 15-year-old sister had died in a car accident, and he needed to get from Indiana to Detroit to be with his family. As he and a friend were speeding through Ohio, police lights started flashing, and Ross knew they were in trouble. "I knew I was going to jail due to a petty warrant," he says. But what happened to Ross next blew his mind.
  • 2 Nuns Fall in Love, Leave Church, Get Hitched: Isabel and Federica met three years ago, when they were both Catholic nuns doing charitable work with drug addicts. They gradually fell in love, but since they were already "wed" to the church, there was only one option. Don't worry, their story has a happy ending.

  • Quadriplegic Gets First Driverless License: Ever since he was a little boy, Sam Schmidt wanted to race cars. He was living that dream, driving in the Indy Racing League when a crash on a test run in Orlando severed his spinal cord in 2000, leaving him paralyzed in all four limbs. On Wednesday, however, Schmidt was back in the driver's seat, and he's now in possession of a very special license.
  • In Simple Act, New Syrian Refugee Saves Bride's Big Day: Toronto's Jo Du was stepping into her dress on her wedding day when a small disaster struck—the zipper broke. Bridesmaids fussed over it without any success and so ventured next-door to look for tools that might help. It turns out that the neighbors were hosting a refugee family who had just what Du needed.
  • Getting Ready to Pull the Plug and Then ... a Wiggling Toe: Sam Hemming, a law school graduate of North Wales' Bangor University, was being driven home to Hereford by her boyfriend in July when they got into an accident that left her in a coma. After 19 days, the doctors said hope was gone, and Hemming's family gathered to say their goodbyes. And then, at the last minute, something amazing happened.
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