Harvey Arnold run over by his own Lotus: The rise of the machines

Nederland resident Harvey Arnold, 61, didn't think he was doing anything wrong -- just running his 1997 Lotus through a Conoco car wash. But as he was reportedly drying his windows, the car began to roll -- and when he dashed in front of it to try to prevent its escape, it ran him down.

Like a dog!

Sure, there may be a perfectly reasonable explanation for what happened -- like Arnold, who's been treated and released from a hospital, leaving the car in neutral without fully engaging the emergency brake. But maybe that's what the car wants us to think. Betcha accidents like this will start happening more frequently -- and before you know it, we'll be dodging laser blasts and praying for John Connor to save us. Harvey was the first, but he surely won't be the last...

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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