Tom Brady in Back Bay car smashup this morning

Tom Brady was in a two-car accident this morning at Comm. Ave. and Gloucester Street. Channel 7 has some video which seems to show that the front of Brady's Audi hit the right side of a mini-van. The Globe reports fire crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate a man from the rear of the mini-van. Dennis and Callahan report the quarterback refused a trip to the ER.

Photo of Brady on the phone after the accident.

Channel 4 reports:

A spokesperson for Mayor Tom Menino confirmed to WBZ Radio that Brady was in an accident.

Ed. cranky media note: God! Which is worse: That a reporter would immediately think to call the mayor's press secretary about Brady's car accident or that she would immediately know the answer? Does BPD have some sort of protocol for informing the mayor whenever a local celebrity is in a car accident? Also, while it's nice Brady survived, what about the guy who had to be peeled out of the other vehicle?



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WHDH is reporting he went to B&W with whiplash.

Conflicting stories floating around.

This is pretty big

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This could be big for Brady. He still hasn't signed his contract extension.

Video on WHDH

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They just had another update on WHDH confirming that he didn't go to B&W after all.

From the video, it looks like his black Bentley had front end damage and the other car was a red station wagon that had rear end damage. The majority of the damage was on the red station wagon and the Jaws had to be used on the station wagon, not the Bentley, from what I could see.


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New video. Audi with NJ plates.

WHDH talking to Joe Amorosino. Brady had the green. Other car was a minivan that blew through a red. Brady moved forward and t-boned the red car in the side. Other car's driver sounds to be in worse shape than Brady.

Jersey Plates?

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Recruiting gift from Rex Ryan?

gift from mass RMV

If it would have been anyone else (except a well connected politician) driving around with out of state plates, we'd have a hefty fee to pay and a lot of 'splaining to do. But Brady, who can afford to register in state, well...he doesn't need to follow the rules, he's a celebrity!

May not be his car

He may also have his "home of record" in New Jersey, if he doesn't live in MA most of the time - a common practice with professional athletes. Just because he owns property here doesn't mean that it is his official primary residence.

I hardly think he would license in NJ instead of MA to avoid insurance and taxes.

Why he wouldn't have his home of record in Nebraska for tax reasons, I don't know ...

I heard it was a promotional

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I heard it was a promotional car from Audi USA (headquartered in NJ), which he has use of as part of his sponsorship deal.

NJ plates?

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If the car is garaged in MA for more than seven days, I believe he needs to get it registered in state and pay state insurance rates. Isn't that the law?

Did they sponsor him to use

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Did they sponsor him to use their car to T-bone station wagons and minivans?

Well ...

I'm pretty impressed that his car made mincemeat of the car that ran the red light in front of him and he walked away seemingly unhurt.

But, no, QBs shouldn't be throwing blocks like that.

no "Garage Rule" in massachusetts?

Many states (I thought) had a 'garage rule' for jurisdiction for insurance, registration, or in our case, Excise tax revenue. I *thought*--couldn't find proof with a quick search, where the car is regularly "garaged" is where the car needed to be registered.

Atypical Arrangement?

It may not fall under any garage rules if it is a situation where he gets to drive promotional cars because the automaker knows he gets photographed a lot.

In other words, he may be getting a car to use for a period of time and then gets another car in a few months ... without ever owning these cars.

If you borrow your brother's car for the summer while he's out of the country or your sister's car while she's in basic training, you don't have to register it in MA. The threshold used to be six months.

Answer on the plates

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Channel 7 reports the car was a loaner from a New Jersey dealer, not Brady's, so if that's Sen. Kerry on line two, you can tell him thanks, but no thanks.

Car info

That's an Audi A8 (could possibly be the upcoming refreshed S8, which is the sporty variant of the A8) - so the top-of-the-line luxury sedan from the company. Powerful, all the latest tech.

It's gotta be a manufacturer-registered plate: Audi NA must have imported it via there, or has corp. offices there, so they registered it there and I assume he has a deal with them.

The minivan looks like a Mercury Villager (really a Nissan Quest, but a rebadge due to joint venture between Ford and Nissan in the 90s).

Yes, but

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What would the correct ignition timing be on a 1955 Bel Air Chevrolet, with a 327 cubic-inch engine and a four-barrel carburetor?


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No, I don't. Because it's a bullshit question.


D.A. Jim Trotter: Now, Ms. Vito, being an expert on general automotive knowledge, can you tell me... what would the correct ignition timing be on a 1955 Bel Air Chevrolet, with a 327 cubic-inch engine and a four-barrel carburetor?
Mona Lisa Vito: That's a bullshit question.
D.A. Jim Trotter: Does that mean that you can't answer it?
Mona Lisa Vito: It's a bullshit question, it's impossible to answer.
D.A. Jim Trotter: Impossible because you don't know the answer!
Mona Lisa Vito: Nobody could answer that question!
D.A. Jim Trotter: Your Honor, I move to disqualify Ms. Vito as an expert witness!
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Can you answer the question?
Mona Lisa Vito: No, it is a trick question!
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Why is it a trick question?
Vinny Gambini: [to Bill] Watch this.
Mona Lisa Vito: 'Cause Chevy didn't make a 327 in '55, the 327 didn't come out till '63. And it wasn't offered in the Bel Air with a four-barrel carb till '64. However, in 1964, the correct ignition timing would be four degrees before top-dead-center.
D.A. Jim Trotter: Well... uh... she's acceptable, Your Honor.

It is unquestionably an S8.

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It is unquestionably an S8. Note the red S logo and the quad pipes.

What's less interesting?

Wow. Just last night I was stuck watching the 10 o'clock news while I set up the DVR and saw something about Tom Brady. I said to Terry, "God, there's nothing I care less about than whether or not Tom Brady signs a contract extension."

Within 12 hours, there is!

Yeah, this is Boston. If you

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Yeah, this is Boston. If you don't idolize some guy who jumps around a field for an excessively commercial company, you must be some kind of snob.

I didn't say that. If you go

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I didn't say that. If you go around posting about how little you care about someone that ~50% of the populace does care about, and imply that the news should ignore him to please you, then yeah, you are a snob.

Driver of the sedan was out of the vehicle and walking around

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Nothing fazes BFD. Here's the Boston Fire Department official account:

Response to a motor vehicle accident at 6:34 am this morning at the intersection of Commonwealth Ave. and Gloucester St.

Firefighters find a sedan and a mini-van involved in the accident. Also at the scene was a traffic signal pole knocked over.

The driver of the sedan was out of the vehicle and walking around. The mini-van had 3 people in it. 2 were out of the van on arrival by BFD.

A 3rd person was in the back of the van in medical need. The side doors of the van were damaged in the accident and unable to be opened.

The rear windows had blown out from the accident. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life a hydraulic forcible entry tool to cut open the roof.

This allowed for better access for the firefighters to treat the adult male needing medical attention.

The man was placed on a backboard by firefighters and removed through the window and Boston EMS took over treatment and transported him.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 7:02 am. This accident will be investigated by Boston Police.

That's nothing

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You should read their play-by-play from last year's Patriots home opener:

22 men, stood out in an open lined field Sunday afternoon at approximately 1 PM in Foxborough, MA near Route 1.

Over 68,000 witnesses watched as organized collisions took place at 40 second intervals over 4 periods of 15 minutes each. Two injuries were reported. EMS and facility medical staff took over.

Multiple gunshots were reported on 3 separate occasions. Police will not be investigating.

Channel 5 goes too far

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Just now, they were showing a large "window" reassuring us that Brady is still able to throw a football while shrinking "All My Children" to postage-stamp size. Dammnit! What if Angie's sight returned or David Hayward awoke on the autopsy table?

Every time I read about a

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Every time I read about a celebrity getting into an accident, or being arrested for DUI or whatever.....

Arent these people millionaires? What happened to chilling in the back seat while you get chauffeured around town? Does Brady mow his own lawn as well?

I don't understand the celeb DUI thing either

since they have plenty of money to arrange transport & (ought to) have an entourage of people making sure they don't do anything too dangerous...

but I would certainly enjoy having automakers lend the latest & greatest vehicles so I could drive them around. Maybe he actually likes cars.

Re: cranky media note

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Wouldn't the Mayor's office normally be notified when streets need to be shut down so that nobody is on the road at the same time as Tom Brady as he drives from Back Bay to Foxborough for practice?

It seems to me that the real story here is the lack of a police detail that led to the minivan even getting within 2 blocks of Brady's Audi at that time of the morning.

/borrowed joke

It's a good thing it wasn't a BIKE that ran the red light!!!

On one of the many recent bicyclist threads on here, someone said that bicyclists should be licensed, have their bikes registered, etc etc. They argued that motorists have their licensed revoked if they commit too many infractions. Clearly the driver in this case nullifies that argument. Has his license still, even though he has a DUI.

great point!

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I love how the car people in Boston are always whining about bicyclists in Boston not following traffic laws, as if Boston drivers follow the law. Ever seen a car actually stop at the stop line at a stop sign? Me neither, they either roll through or park themselves in the crosswalk if there is a vehicle in their way.
Double parking? Why not, its not like the city does any enforcement?
Signaling? No way, that's too hard because their other hand is on a cell phone.

One Difference

Loser driver runs red light, lives to drive another day - in MA at least.

Loser cyclist pulls this stunt and I think the penalty would have been rather immediate and terminal - if the front end of that Audi is any indication.


because a driver that's run a red light has NEVER died. Do you have sources to back that up Girly Swrrl?

What you you bet?

If a bike got hit by that Audi, would you bet the rider would live?

Drivers don't always survive, true, but where would you place your money given the odds?