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New Clue in Mass. Jogger's Murder: 'Dark-Colored SUV'

Cops hunt vehicle spotted near where Vanessa Marcotte was killed in Princeton, Mass.

(Newser) - The hunt is on for a vehicle that police think may be linked to the murder this summer of a NYC Google worker visiting her family in Massachusetts. The body of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was discovered in August in the woods in Princeton, and per ABC News , there's now... More »

Dad Sells Son's SUV for 'Smokin Dope and Acting All Thug'

And the 18-year-old skipped work

(Newser) - In the latest episode of parenting gone viral , a man in Jacksonville, Fla., has sold his son's SUV after the 18-year-old committed a variety of offenses, including losing his job for being a no-show for two days, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "I have my son's truck up... More »

Philly PD Admits Its SUV Was Masked as Google Maps Vehicle

SUV decked out with technology to spy on drivers (and fake Google decal)

(Newser) - The Philly PD has a "mystery" on its hands, and it involves one of its own vehicles. On Wednesday, a University of Pennsylvania professor spotted an SUV near the Philadelphia Convention Center, souped up with two high-tech license-plate readers and a placard linking it to the Pennsylvania State Police—... More »

Man Drove 6 Miles With Wife on SUV's Roof: Cops

Why, yes, it happened in Florida

(Newser) - Take my wife, please—off the roof of my car. Cops say a Florida man drove 6 miles with his spouse clinging to the top of his SUV, the Smoking Gun reports. Per a police report , Officer Christopher Ruediger was pulling up to an intersection in Stuart shortly after midnight... More »

Cops Make Arrests in Halloween Hit-and-Run

Neighbors mistook girls for dolls, they flew so far

(Newser) - Police today made multiple arrests in a Halloween hit-and-run that killed three teenage girls and left a California neighborhood reeling, the AP reports. Police in Santa Ana, Calif., gave no details on the arrests but had tracked the black Honda SUV to the registered owner's home. Meanwhile, about 70... More »

Future Car Accessory: A Drone?

Renault's concept car Kwid envisions 'flying companion'

(Newser) - A new Renault concept SUV comes with a buddy: a drone that soars out of a roof hatch to investigate traffic conditions or maybe off-roading hazards. Were the "flying companion," as the company calls it, to be produced, it would be about the size of a small bird,... More »

Driver Backs Out of Spot, Hits 7, Kills 3

Then hit a curb, some trees, and ended up in a canal

(Newser) - A 79-year-old woman mistakenly backed into seven people in a parking lot with her SUV Sunday, killing three of them and injuring four. The Florida Highway Patrol said yesterday that Doreene Landstra of Palmetto has been ordered to appear in court next month after receiving a citation for improper backing.... More »

Was Tiananmen Crash a Suicide Attack?

Death toll hits 5; police eye Xinjiang region

(Newser) - The death toll following yesterday's SUV crash in Tiananmen Square has climbed to five, with two tourists—a Chinese man and a Filipina woman—dead along with the vehicle's occupants. "It looks like a premeditated suicide attack," says a Reuters source. If so, it would be... More »

Biker Indicted in Attack on SUV Driver

7 now charged in case

(Newser) - Now seven bikers have been charged in the beating of an SUV driver in New York, and there could be more charges to come; meanwhile, one of the bikers, Robert Sims, has been indicted. CNN offers a detailed account of the attack: The motorcyclists "were driving recklessly," says... More »

NYPD Detective Charged in Biker SUV Attack

Four other attack suspects appear in Manhattan court

(Newser) - Looks like an undercover NYPD detective did take part in that bizarre motorcycle-SUV attack last week, the Daily News reports. An earlier report had him riding undercover with the bikers, but not intervening when they assaulted an SUV driver for hitting a biker in their group. Now a "damning... More »

Kayaker Saves Family After SUV Crash

Car crashes into river, barely missing kayaker

(Newser) - A kayaker is being credited with helping to save a family of five after their SUV had veered off a road and ended up in a Northern California river. The family was driving along Highway 50 on Thursday afternoon when their SUV veered off the road, hit a concrete mile... More »

SUV in Fatal Ohio Crash Was Stolen: Owner

None of the teens wore seat belts, investigators say

(Newser) - The owner of an SUV that flipped into a pond with a load of teens in Ohio says the vehicle had been stolen. Six teens died in the crash yesterday morning in the Ohio city of Warren, while two others managed to escape from the wreckage. The State Highway Patrol... More »

SUV Hurtles Through House, Lands in Roof Next-Door

Houston driver apparently texting from ambulance

(Newser) - In what has to be one of the world's weirdest car crashes, a speeding SUV flew off a Houston road, hit a berm that sent it airborne, smashed into the roof of a house, then lodged in the roof of the house next-door—all without hurting anyone. Police think... More »

Fire Hazard Forces GM, Isuzu to Recall 258K SUVs

Short-circuits in window cause fires

(Newser) - General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs after getting reports of 28 fires apparently caused by short-circuits in the cars' power windows and door locks. The recall covers many vehicle makes from the 2006 and 2007 model years, including the Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier,... More »

Mom Hits 5 Kids in Driveway, Killing 1

Other 4 victims suffer critical injuries

(Newser) - Authorities in Maryland say a mother accidentally backed her SUV into five children in the driveway of her home last night, killing one of them, an 8-year-old child. The injured children, ranging in age from 18 months to 11 years old, were taken to Children's National Medical Center in... More »

SUV Convenience Feature Is Fatal for US Agent

Doors unlocked on Jaime Zapata's $160K armored Chevy Suburban

(Newser) - US special agent Jaime Zapata was killed last year in Mexico while he was inside a state-of-the-art, $160,000 armored Chevy Suburban. So why didn't it save him? Because when he threw the car into park, the doors automatically unlocked, the Washington Post reports. This convenience feature, which makes... More »

Bentley Planning $140K SUV

2011 brought company first profit in years

(Newser) - Times may be tough, but the market for the most luxurious of luxury cars is booming at Bentley, and the British-based automaker is ready to capitalize on it. The company is considering building an SUV that would be priced at more than $140,000—and odds are good that the... More »

Today's SUVs 'Light Years Safer'

Auto industry appears to have solved vexing problem

(Newser) - Newer sport utility vehicles are significantly less deadly than those of decades past, according to a new analysis of federal data. From 2008 to 2009, the fatality rate for passengers in 3,000- to 3,499-pound cars or minivans hit by similarly-sized SUVs was 16 per million registered vehicles. That’... More »

GPS Leads Driver Into Lake

Now Michael Scott isn't the only one

(Newser) - Are we drowning in new technology? A young woman mistakenly followed her rental car's GPS directions down a boat ramp in Bellevue, Washington. The driver apparently thought she was on a road when she crashed her SUV into the water at Mercer Slough Nature Park, reports KATU.com . One... More »

Toyota Recalls 412K Avalons, Lexus SUVs

Carmaker to fix steering system of vehicles

(Newser) - Toyota will recall another 412,000 vehicles because of problems with the steering system. The steering lock on Avalon sedans built between 2000 and 2004 were made with a faulty casting that can crack if the car is steered hard to the right, locking the wheel in place, Toyota said.... More »

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