Stump The Best And Brightest: To Catch A Hit-And Runner Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

TTAC’s readers have rightly gained the reputation for being some of the best vehicle/automobilia identifiers on the planet. We keep you on your toes with several Curbside Classic Clues each week, but now we have an opportunity to flex those skills for something other than just bragging rights. Ontario police are asking for help identifying this piece of body panel which was found at the scene of a fatal hit and run. Identifying this piece of battered material could help police find the vehicle that killed 15 year-old Kyle Peters who was hit by the car in question while riding his bike. Can TTAC’s Best and Brightest identify the car that will help police find whoever robbed young Mr Peters of his future? We certainly hope so.

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  • Akitadog Akitadog on Sep 02, 2010

    Ah, yes. The '96 - '01 Audi A4/S4. Typical poseur car 'round my way for the young hooning male who has saved a couple thousand and needs to blow it on something "hawt". Most likely it was just purchased for low 4 digits, 3rd or 4th owner, with 150K+ miles. Of course, he just had to see what it could do on the backroads. This guy the other day was in the same-gen S4, egging me on to race him in my MkV GTI, on the beltway, no less. I didn't see him until he got next to me. He was way too young to have owned it new, he was dressed well enough to immediately identify him as that kid who just got his first "real" job. Any racing at that place and time, with this youngin' had "bad idea" written all over it. I ignored him and he eventually punched the gas and went on, whence I noticed the very fresh-looking, no-creases-yet, paper tag. Any bets on how long it will take before he experiences his first CEL and all the pain that will come with it? This is the guy who my taxes will be supporting in our old age because of his need for instant gratification and general short-sightedness. /End rant

  • Seabrjim Seabrjim on Sep 02, 2010


  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on Sep 02, 2010

    definitely a crappy aftermarket Fast and Furious part. Glad they got their man, it's impossible to armchair track a suspect down with just that clue. I suspect that same part could fit on a bilzzard of aftermarket bumper kits.

  • Joeveto3 Joeveto3 on Sep 02, 2010

    I ride a bicycle almost every day, and rare is the day that some A-hole doesn’t mess with me. They’ll run up on me and scream, they’ll play a game where they’ll see just how close they can come to me without actually hitting me, they throw stuff at me…I’m sure it’s all in good fun and the less of a chance I have of catching up to them (where I live, it’s pretty rural) the more severe and more often the hazing I catch. Just to be clear, I don’t ride in the middle of the road, I straddle the far right gutter. I obey the traffic laws and use signals. These SOB’s just don’t care, and they think they are cute. Bastards. It’s a shame what happened to that poor kid. Riding a bicycle shouldn’t be so dangerous.

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    • Revver Revver on Sep 03, 2010

      Another cyclist here and I can only say joe's experiences are very, very common. It's quite the psychological study of how merely being inside a metal and glass machine transforms people. As a parent, I've had to go from encouraging, to discouraging bicycle use. It's just too dangerous. Which is really too bad. Now as older teenagers, during last summer's trip to The Netherlands, they got to see a society that doesn't treat cyclists as lepers. In some places there are "bike lanes" on the roads, in more, there are separate bicycle paths that parallel the auto road. Kids are killed on bikes all the time, not just because of wrecklesness, like the apparent case here, but because of inept civic planning. Forget bike lanes, I can't tell you how many roads in my area don't even have a sidewalk. A sidewalk!