Google street view driver crashes into three cars in Indonesia

A photo is taken of the battered Subaru hatchback after the triple crash and run.

An Indonesian Google street view employee has been released from custody after he crashed into two vehicles, while trying to flee an earlier accident.  

The incident, which occurred near Jarkarta last Wednesday, was caused by a trademark company car famous for its distinct colourful exterior and a camera on the roof. After hitting a minivan, it was reported that the employee initially accompanied the driver to the garage but fled shortly afterwards.     

"He said he was scared the repair fee would be high, so he got in his damaged car and fled," Bogor district police operations chief Hendra Gunawan said on Saturday.

The chief said the minivan driver immediately got into his vehicle and pursued it for three kilometres, until the Google car crashed into a second minivan. The driver attempted to flee again, but soon crashed into a parked truck “before he gave up” and was taken in by authorities.

"He has been released and all the payments for the vehicles have been sorted out. The damage to the first one would probably have cost 200,000 rupiah (AU$19) to repair," he said.

This is not the first time the vehicles have caused trouble. The incident comes only days after Google was forced to go ahead with a civil lawsuit which claimed the street view cars breached privacy by wiretapping WI-FI networks. Earlier this year, the company was fined €145,000 for collecting emails, passwords and other data through the street view service.  

Source: AFP | Image via Herald Sun

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for the driver of car: Good job sir! Seems worse compared to some of the other things they crash their cars into. one drove past my house few days ago was gonna take a picture but, wasn't fast enough lol

"He said he was scared the repair fee would be high" what an idiot. google can afford a high bill so why should this idiot care. Also, what is it with people fleeing?it's easier to do the right thing rather than flee. i guess people are afraid of consequences. The idiot should loose his license for life and be humiliated in front of his victims. if you don't own up to your actions, then what happens next will be very painful and unpleasant.

Shadowzz said,
if you crash a company car, the company isnt going to pay for the damages you've caused.

If it wasn't because of your recklessness etc., yes they would - in Norway at least, and probably in the rest of Scandinavia aswell. Of course, insurance will do the trick most of the time.

How did I know this would be sensationalised here? You hire enough people to do this job and the weight of statistics suggest that one or two are going to be crap.

Javik said,
You hire enough people to do this job and the weight of statistics suggest that one or two are going to be crap.

Yea, I get a giggle bashing Google when I can as much as the next person but this is just silly. They got a small army drivers all over the globe, probably not even actual Google employees but contracted by third parties, some cities have horrific traffic, etc.. the real news would have been a perfect driving record. Some dufus trying to avoid the damages/fines, not so much.

Spicoli said,
Hit and run is several levels above bad driving. That's criminal and not just a driving mistake.

he should face jail time and many other things.

hmmm...

The driver attempted to flee a third time, but soon crashed into a parked truck “before he gave up” and was taken in by authorities.

Third time? I see one flee attempt from the first crash at the garage, and a second one after crashing in the second minivan.

Looks like the whole story isn`t being told! The car which has allegedly been in a few minor crashes doesn`t seem to have much damage to the sides, front lights, wing mirrors, etc. There`s a few small scatches on the front bumper but the windscreen looks like someone has taken a sledge hammer or baseball bat to it!
Considering it crashed 3 times it doesn`t look to bad (apart from the windscreen), my them Scoobies must be made of tough stuff

Except well designed cars should come apart on impact to avoid transferring that energy to the occupants. You could roll an Model T down a hill and barely show any damage. The people inside were another matter.

Sorry but what on gods green earth are you on about? Maybe your thinking of crumple zones which absorb the kinetic energy, coupled with air bags which protect the occupant inside the survival shell.
But what`s that got to do with someone smashing the windscreen in? If that was caused in a crash it must have hit something very strange...

I was referring to this part "Considering it crashed 3 times it doesn`t look to bad (apart from the windscreen), my them Scoobies must be made of tough stuff " The car coming out of a crash with little damage isn't necessarily a good thing.

I have no idea what was going on with the windshield. It looks like some kind of altercation after the accident. The real story might be he was running for his life.

Yea sorry a minor bump shouldn't blow out the crumple zones. I watched a Volvo rear-end another car at about 10 miles an hour (the Volvo was the 6th car in a pile-up caused by a bicyclist weaving into the traffic lane from the bike lane) and pretty much every single body panel blew off the car. It looked like someone rolled it down 5 or 6 hills.

That Subaru looks exactly how it should after running into 2 mini-vans and a truck. I'd bet the first one was a little scuff like bumping mirrors or smashing out a side-marker light. 2nd was probably a corner tap that took out that right side light housing. I'd put money on the truck hit being the one that took out the windscreen. Probably hit the truck and then something came out of the truck and into the windscreen.

cork1958 said,
Cool!

Anything that get's Google in trouble is cool with me!

What a moron driver though!


...you can't make everyone morons and idiots just like that.


I feel sorry for you too... do all of us a favour and .... ........

And there you go again. Do you somehow feeling it's perfectly sensible and OK to flee from an accident you caused? If so, you're the one that needs to be doing the favour you're demanding of others.

Oz. said,


...you can't make everyone morons and idiots just like that.

I feel sorry for you too... do all of us a favour and .... ........

It's a shame this site doesn't allow personal insults. Because i'm sure i know what everyone would like to call you right now.

FloatingFatMan said,
Why, because he called the Google driver an idiot? I think you need to work on your reading comprehension, and your English expression, too...


I didn't noticed that the guy try to run from the crash (flee = run..) English is not my first language.

I am sorry for my reply to Studio384 and cork1958 or anyone who got offended...


However it's not ok to call anyone an idiot, moron or whatever. You don't know that person and what is in his mind, maybe he got scared and that was his reaction... don't judge a person until you are in his shoes.

Oz. said,


I didn't noticed that the guy try to run from the crash (flee = run..) English is not my first language.

I am sorry for my reply to Studio384 and cork1958 or anyone who got offended...


However it's not ok to call anyone an idiot, moron or whatever. You don't know that person and what is in his mind, maybe he got scared and that was his reaction... don't judge a person until you are in his shoes.

Uhhh no. He was an idiot. He not only crashed then fled....but he crashed AGAIN and tried to flee AGAIN, only to crash a THIRD time. Moron, idiot, stupid....all words that would be putting it mildly as far as I'm concerned.

Oz. said,

However it's not ok to call anyone an idiot, moron or whatever. You don't know that person and what is in his mind, maybe he got scared and that was his reaction... don't judge a person until you are in his shoes.

Yes, it is. If I was the one who did what this guy did, it would be well-deserving for me to be called a moron.

Crashing into multiple cars while trying to flee because you're afraid the repair cost might be too high is not a smart move at all. It's actually very likely that the repair cost for crashing into three cars is higher than crashing into one car.