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Google Street View car crashes in LR

By Ashley Nerbovig

This article was originally published August 7, 2014 at 11:29 a.m. Updated August 7, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.

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A Google Street View driver checks his equipment after he hit another car while trying to turn onto Cantrell Road on Wednesday evening.

A Google Street View car was damage after hitting another car while trying to turn onto Cantrell Road on Wednesday evening.

A Google Street View vehicle crashed into a Sherwood man’s car on Cantrell Road in Little Rock around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Street View car was driving the wrong way on Tyler Street, then U-turned and attempted to merge onto Cantrell Road, when it side-swiped another vehicle, a Little Rock police officer at the scene said.

The driver of the Street View car, identified as Alexander Spurr, 29, of Bryant was cited for careless or prohibited driving, according to the accident report. The estimated damaged to the Street View car was $1,500. Spurr was not injured during the crash.

The driver of the other vehicle, Dylan Case, 22, said he was "shaken up" after the crash and accused the driver of Street View car of running red light while trying to turn onto Cantrell Road.

"I was just coming down Cantrell in the far right lane, and the guy just blew right through the stop light and hit me," Case said Thursday. "I spun around into the middle of the road, and I always hold the emergency brake when I'm riding and I had to pull the emergency brake or another truck would have hit me head on."

Case said he later went to the emergency room for purported neck and back pain and bruised ribs. The estimated damage to Case's car was $2,000, according to the report.

"Something better come out of Google's pocket for this," Case said.

This is not the first time a Street View car has crashed while documenting streets. In September, a single Street View car was involved in three separate accidents in Indonesia after the driver repeatedly fled the scenes of accidents, ZDNet reported.

Google could not be reached for comment.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the Street View vehicle was traveling the wrong way on Taylor Street instead of Tyler Street. The change is reflected in the version above.

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dumblikeme says... August 7, 2014 at 12:17 p.m.

"...I always hold the emergency brake when I'm riding and I had to pull the emergency brake or another truck would have hit me head on." What?!? It's a parking brake. Not really useful in an emergency...unless your hydraulic brakes fail...or you're driving backwards out of an ambush like Jim Rockford.

"Something better come out of Google's pocket for this," Yeah, Google's lawyers can actually use this statement against him if (Who am I kidding...WHEN) he sues them.

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RoyDaMercer says... August 7, 2014 at 12:22 p.m.

What a whiny little turd

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drmd says... August 7, 2014 at 1:38 p.m.

At least there should be pictures documenting the accident

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jylatham says... August 7, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

People see a big company name and immediately decide to sue. SMH.

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AmericasDoomed says... August 7, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.

Probably an NSA agent in a vehicle disguised as a Google car. Kid's lucky he wasn't eliminated.

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ss1 says... August 7, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.

I'm shaking my head at all your idiotic comments. As if you wouldn't try to get all that was coming to you if you were in his place - the place of the person NOT at fault in the accident. My question is since when is a person at fault able to decline to identify himself?

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nlrar009 says... August 7, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.

I would suspect he did identify himself to the police, but not to the reporter. There is no requirement to speak to a reporter. His identity will be available on the police report once it is filed.

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RBBrittain says... August 7, 2014 at 4:12 p.m.

@dumblikeme: How the other driver was using (or misusing) his parking brakes has NOTHING to do with the cause of the accident, especially when the Google driver was clearly at fault.
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Actually, from the facts given it's unclear if the accident actually occurred at Cantrell's interesection with Taylor, Polk, or Tyler. Only Polk is one-way TOWARDS Cantrell on the south side, with both Taylor & Tyler being one-way away from Cantrell (none of the streets are one-way on the north); but only Tyler has a stoplight (as the other driver claimed). Also, from the street scene above it appears the Google car pulled off Cantrell onto Harrison, the next street past Tyler, further suggesting the accident actually occurred at Cantrell & Tyler. (Tyler vs. Taylor is also a likely typo.) There's pretty much NO way Google can get off scot-free here; he would have been going the wrong way on Tyler (or Taylor) BECAUSE of his U-turn, and even at Polk he would have had a stop sign. (Full disclosure: I used Google Earth, including Street View. ;) )

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lazybar says... August 7, 2014 at 4:14 p.m.

my question is if he was supposed to be mapping out streets why was he going backwards on a oneway street?

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ThinkFree says... August 7, 2014 at 4:21 p.m.

Deep pockets and at fault. The lawsuit will be LARGE!!

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