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SUV Runs Down Six – Despite Moslem Driver

Watch out for those darned SUVs. They’re known to be highly dangerous, especially when shown cartoons of Mohammed.

From those ever so politically correct reporters at the DNC’s Associated Press:

SUV Plows Through UNC Gathering Spot, Six Slightly Hurt

March 3, 2006

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A sport utility vehicle raced through a popular gathering spot on the University of North Carolina campus on Friday, clipping and scattering startled bystanders before it sped away, authorities said.

Six people — five students and a visiting scholar — were treated at UNC Hospitals, though a hospital spokesman said none was seriously injured. Three other people declined treatment at the scene, police said.

Mohammed Reza Taheriazar, 23, a UNC student as recently as fall 2005, was being held Friday by campus police, who planned to charge him with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, the university said in a statement.

Taheriazar called police to surrender and then awaited officers on a side street about two miles away from campus, town police Capt. Brian Curran said.

"He kind of gave himself up," said Officer Herbert Bryant of the university’s Department of Public Safety.

The incident happened just before noon near the center of campus at the area known as The Pit, a sunken, brick-paved area surrounded by two libraries, a dining hall and the student union. It does not have any easy access points for vehicles and can’t be reached without deliberation.

"I see everyone kind of part because there’s a car coming through and the next thing I know, I’m on his windshield," sophomore Jeff Hoffman, his arm in a bandage, told the campus newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel.

Student Nicholas Altman was talking on his cell phone when he heard someone scream.

"I turned around and there was a white SUV . It looked like it hit a couple of people. One person in particular went over the hood," he told WRAL-TV.

On a sunny, cool day like Friday, the Pit is a busy center of campus activities, with students perched along the walkways and steps. Friday’s noontime crowd included a gathering of candidates for Black Student Movement elections.

"He slowly came in, and I thought he was going to stop or something," sophomore Scot Wilson, a candidate for BSM vice president, told The Daily Tar Heel. "But then he sped right through."

The incident came a week after a UNC dormitory resident adviser was killed when he and another student crashed through a dorm window, falling four stories onto the concrete below. The second student remains hospitalized in fair condition.

Yet this article (which did not include the photo and caption above) and all of the earliest headlines practically made it sound like this was yet another case of a SUV on a murderous rampage:

Pedestrians hit by car on UNC campus

The News & Observer – Mar 03 10:32 AMAt least three people were injured a few minutes before noon when an unidentified man drove a silver Jeep Laredo in front of the Pit, a student gathering spot outside the UNC-Chapel Hill student union.

Six people hit by SUV at UNC

News 14 Carolina – 2 hours, 0 minute ago(CHAPEL HILL) — Six people were injured Friday when a silver Jeep SUV rode through a part of the UNC campus where cars are not allowed. Eyewitnesses say the Jeep ran into a group of people and then drove away after hitting the students.

Pedestrians struck by car on UNC campus

Greensboro News-Record – Mar 03 11:06 AMAt least three people suffered injuries today after a man drove a Jeep Laredo in front of a student gathering spot outside the UNC-Chapel Hill student union, according to

Six people hit by SUV at UNC

News 14 Carolina – 1 hour, 39 minutes agoSix people were injured Friday when a silver Jeep SUV rode through a part of the UNC campus where cars are not allowed. FULL STORY >> Updated: 3/3/2006 3:27 PM

SUV hits students at UNC

The Herald-Sun – Mar 03 10:48 AMShocked UNC students watched in disbelief around noon Friday as an SUV plowed through a crowd at The Pit, the central gathering place, injuring at least two students.

SUV Drives Into Student-Filled Pit At UNC-Chapel Hill

WRAL-TV 5 Raleigh – Mar 03 9:51 AMAuthorities say that an SUV drove into The Pit at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus around noon Friday, hitting several students. Live Sky 5 Video

I guess it’s part of our one party media’s cultural sensitivity.

Which is something Mr. Taheriazar can probably relate to, since he appears to have written at paper (links to pdf file) last year for school on the subject:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2005
CONCURRENT 4, CULTURAL SENSITIVITY, Grouped papers

88 Understanding Mediating Factors In The Development Of Culturally Sensitive School Based Preventive Interventions For Latino Immigrant Students., Elvia Y. Valencia, Valerie Johnson, Robert J. Pandina, Marco Zarate, Mohammed R. Taheriazar

Maybe running down people with a car was post-graduate field research.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 3rd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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