CSI - Theory Defies Gravity
November 10, 2004, Spike TV 8:30pm CSI Las Vegas.
In this episode, "Warick" and "Nick" arrive to a scene where a car apparently ran through a gardrail and down the hill where it crashed. The victim, alive, was taken to the hospital. "Warick" gives a senario where the victim was drunk and had a friend drive him back to the hotel. The driver got distracted and avoided an oncoming truck, went into the gardrail and teetered over the edge where it stopped front first. Then the driver seeing that he had survived and feared what he was about to face, ran off. Then he left the passenger buckled in the backseat and ran off. The loss of the driver's weight caused an imbalance, diving the nose of the car down where it rolled. "Nicks" theory was that the driver, being drunk, ran off the road into the rail and was teetering at the edge. A passerby saw what had happened and, finding the driver to be alive, stole the guy's watch and wallet and had him get in the backseat of the car and put his belt on. Then he ran off, leaving the car to go over. The victims true rendition was that after the accident, he went in the backseat and put his belt on when the car tilted over the cliff. None of these make sense. The car was in perfect balance when it stopped on the edge of the cliff. Center of Gravity was equal at the pivot point under the driver's seat location. Any weight transfer aft would have put more weight on the rear of center and less on the forward. The car would have never tilted forward to slide off the cliff.
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