Infamous Limo Accident

Limousines tend to turn heads no matter who is driving, but when the streets are closed off and the chauffeur is allowed to run red lights, you can be sure there is an important political figure in the back of their limo. This was the case in 1975 when President Gerald Fordís limousine was involved in an accident in Hartford.

As the Presidentís limousine was racing towards the airport, police motorcyclists had blocked of the intersections ahead to allow for a quick passage, however, they had neglected to close off one street, where nineteen year old James Salamites saw only a green light telling him all was clear. It wasnít until he had broadsided the Presidentís limousine which had appeared to run a red light that he realised what had happened.

Salamites was driving a few of his friends in his motherís car, a Buick LeSabre when the accident occurred and when he looked into the passenger window of the limousine he had hit he couldnít believe his eyes. Unfortunately for Salamites, the accident occurred shortly after two failed attempts on the Presidentís life.

Unfortunate because after a simple road accident Salamites was confronted with Secret Service officers drawing their guns on him, and him and his friends spending several hours at the police station convincing the officers they were not trying to harm the President.

However, the accident wasnít all bad and soon after the infamous Buick and its teenage driver were stars. The Buick was a coveted attraction at the 1976 car show in Hartford, and Salamites signed dozens of autographs during his í15 minutes of fameí. Of course, as with any infamy, the hype soon dies down but Salamites admits he is glad the accident happened over 30 years ago because the press and the paparazzi probably would have dogged him even more now than they did them, and are likely to have done more than camp outside of his parentís house for a few days.

However, in the time since the accident, James Salamites is proud to have had no other accidents and to have slipped quietly back into his normal life.

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