Car drives through South Boston real-estate office

Car in store in South Boston

Boston firefighters rushed to East Broadway around 9:35 a.m. when a car drove into Jack Conway Realty.

It is a Mercury Marquis. The driver put it in reverse in the Rite Aid lot across the street. It traveled across Broadway

At 10:10 a.m., the department reported the car's two occupants were still inside and that firefighters are waiting for a building inspector to arrive for a consultation before they try to remove the vehicle, because it hit a load-bearing wall.

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Update from BFD Twitter

The car is actually in the wall of a real estate office across Broadway from Rite Aid. The driver backed out of the Rite Aid lot, across four lanes of E. Broadway and ended up in the wall of the Conway Real Estate office. No one was hit & no other cars impacted which is amazing at this time of day on a Saturday morning in that area. They have determined that it is okay to remove the car and are working on that now. The driver has been transported to the hospital.

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Guard rail

A guard rail is supposed to stop a vehicle. In this case, it looks like it just launched this one up as it was heading backwards towards the wall. Another crash that manual transmissions would have prevented. Don't see much insulation in this commercial building.

Harder to do

In a manual the gears feel different when starting in them. Reverse also is either nowhere near first, or you have to press the stick down to get into it if it's next to first. Also your brain is more trained to be feeling and processing what the car is doing as you do it.

Clutching (Not Pearls)

I think the more important difference is that you must use your left foot for the clutch. To stop, you need depress the clutch pedal in addition to the brake, and while it becomes second nature to use both feet, you can NEVER use your left foot for braking. Even if someone steps on the accelerator instead of the brake, the car won't do very much if they're also stepping on the clutch.

After having lived in Southie

After having lived in Southie a measly 3 years, this absolutely does not surprise me one bit. Plus lets be honest, he probably swerved to avoid a yuppie on a bicycle while reaching for his pint of Jameson.

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