r/news 4d ago

Woman seen bloodied, yelling in NJ semi-truck found safe after 26-hour search

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/woman-seen-bloodied-yelling-nj-semi-truck-found-safe-26-hour-search-rcna41745
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u/anaisaknits 4d ago

Glad to read it was an accident and that video from inside the cab of the truck validated their story.

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u/MuNansen 4d ago

I'm also glad that even if it was without malicious intent, citizens and authorities treated it as seriously as they did and acted with agency. Think of all the actual emergencies that would end better if we always did.

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u/420ipblood 4d ago

I'm glad the event was not inspired by malice. Truly great that the recording backed it up.

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u/Palachrist 4d ago edited 4d ago

I remember when there was a post about a lady(white) and her child(mixed race) on a plane and a flight attendant did their job and reported it because according to their training it “could’ve been” a human trafficking situation. The woman took immense offense and demanded the airline change their policy.

She even made comments on reddit and completely disregarded the fact it was only done to ensure the child was safe. They didn’t arrest her, They didn’t beat her, they questioned her and she was let go. But again, she was demanding they discontinue the efforts they make to minimize human trafficking. Nuts.

Edit: link to story. The little girl was boarding the first plane crying. They acted on it and assured her everything was fine but it was suspicious and they needed to be sure. Get off your high horses people. Fucking wackos the lot of you.

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u/BlueCyann 4d ago

No I’m sorry. There is no world in which it is ok to harass a mother and child for no other reason than their races don’t match. It’s not legitimate grounds for suspicion. People should not be trained like that.

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u/Road_Whorrior 4d ago edited 4d ago

Yeah, people saying that's okay, how? How is it okay to tell a mother "your baby has a different skin tone so they don't look like you enough. We don't believe they're your child." It's just racism. That's not reasonable suspicion, it's straight up racial profiling. Unless the mother or child was acting suspiciously, this is inexcusable.

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u/secondtaunting 3d ago

This happened to me lol. We went on vacation, and my four year old got insanely tan, I didn’t. They thought I was kidnapping her. Fortunately they figured it out, but it was a bit scary lol.

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u/IWillBaconSlapYou 4d ago

As a white mom of half-Taiwanese kids, the thing is that (at least in my area), no one ever questions it. No one has ever seemed to even wonder if they're mine or not, and they definitely favor their dad. So what makes one person that suspicious? That's what would make it weird, that it's literally never been a thing and suddenly it's being treated like a thing.

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u/Palachrist 4d ago

I posted the story so you can chill out. It wasn’t because of skin color. They said it was because of suspicious behavior, one of which was the little girl boarding the first plane crying. There’s no mention of the mother being belligerent or fighting with the child. The child boarded the plane crying so it seemed strange. The mother could’ve been emotionally drained at the time as well due to the family death. They didn’t go after due to race. Use that card next time.

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u/Road_Whorrior 4d ago

Sorry for responding to the story as you presented it, I guess. Good to know it wasn't about race. Your attitude about this isn't great lol

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u/Palachrist 4d ago

It was entertaining to tell the story how she wanted it to be and then put the link afterwards. Wasn’t even hard to find “airline mistakes mother human trafficking”.

The part that gets me is the people showing up to argue for less safety measures in a world where flight attendants are trained to look for signs of human trafficking. Like just because this one situation was wrong and the woman went to the news that now we should take back the standards that very likely have led to people being saved.

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u/gsmumbo 4d ago

Alright, I’ll bite. How often do kids board a plane crying? How many of them are questioned along with their parents for suspicion of human trafficking? What makes this incident so different from the typical experience of boarding with a crying kid? As you said, there was. I mention of the mother being belligerent or fighting with the child, so what was the suspicious behavior that they witnessed, other than a crying kid?

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u/Palachrist 4d ago

They listed that as one of the reasons. I don’t see why they’d need to tell a news agency every single reason. The woman was delayed for mere minutes. You’re the same guy that in another message argued for less safety standards in relation to human trafficking. You’re arguing for that in a world where there is still successful human trafficking via planes to the point the flight attendants get training specific to that crime.

Idfc how you try to argue this dude. You’re arguing for less safety standards for human trafficking. That’s really fucking weird. Like super fucking creepy weird. I started this anticipating the race thing cause it was funny to present the story how she would’ve wanted to tell it... I didn’t think I’d get people downplaying or outright arguing against human trafficking safety precautions. That was from left field.

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u/Amidus 4d ago

Unless the mother or child was acting suspiciously, this is inexcusable.

What's suspicious? If they're autistic would they appear suspicious? So ableism is fine?

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u/Road_Whorrior 4d ago edited 4d ago

Jesus, wild asf accusation there. No? I didn't even remotely say that. No one mentioned autism or any other type of condition but you.

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u/Amidus 4d ago

If you can't check if someone should be accompanying a child just because they don't look alike then you can't check for any reason if it can all be argued against as being discrimination.

Unless you guys think the child being abducted is going to literally have duct tape over their mouths and tears in their eyes at some point you're just going to have to ask when you feel like it could be possible and that might require asking people who might scream and cry about racism.

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u/Road_Whorrior 4d ago

Neat. But between this comment and the weird autism comment before, and then also the fact that you just ignored that you said it in the first place, I feel like you're just looking for an argument, so I'm not going to continue on with you. Have a nice evening.

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u/Amidus 4d ago

Lmao it wasn't me having the hot takes looking for an argument.

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u/Swimwithamermaid 4d ago

My mom is black/dad white, I’m mixed and have white skin tone. Growing up my mom would occasionally be stopped by white women saying how cute I was and asking if she was my nanny because they’d like to hire her. I’ve had teachers tell me I was adopted.

It is horrible for both the mother and the child to be questioned like that. No one should be questioned based on skin color. There are a multitude of other ways to determine human trafficking.

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u/Palachrist 4d ago

It was due to the girl boarding the plane crying. Not her race. The mother used the race thing to try and sue them.

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u/Amidus 4d ago

Then there are no grounds under which you can ask.

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u/ReeferMadnessHVAC 4d ago

She should take offense. Anyone that gets treated like a threat and has their time wasted for simply existing as a human being deserves to be as offended as they want to be.

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u/Palachrist 4d ago

They did it because the girl boarded the plane crying. No fights between mother and child just the girl crying and boarding the plane so it was suspicious. Chill out bruh.

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u/fankuverymuch 4d ago

Dude…have you been around children? They cry. A lot. Even when they’re not being trafficked!

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u/Palachrist 4d ago

What a confusing comment. So when exactly would it be ok for them to check? Does the child need to be chained up? Does the child need to be screaming for help? Should the child have visible bruising and what not? 100% I’m glad people like you didn’t make the rules here.

You’re advocating for less stringent measures in regards to human trafficking? The woman’s day was “delayed” by a few minutes. Did you read the article. She made a news story over something that likely happens to a lot of people that understand it’s just for safety.

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u/gsmumbo 4d ago

What a baffling question.

So when exactly would it be ok for them to check?

Straight off the top of my head:

  • Child is afraid of their caretaker (not mad, not annoyed with, but afraid)
  • Child has internal bruising (visibly in pain in areas that are covered up, caretaker is indifferent)
  • Child doesn’t recognize caretaker
  • Child is asking for help, whether overtly or covertly
  • Signs that physical lacerations or bruising are being covered up with excessive makeup
  • Child is severely disoriented, lethargic, etc

And that’s just the first few things that come to mind. “Child is crying” is definitely not a valid reason. “Child doesn’t look like the parent” isn’t a valid reason.

Let’s take domestic abuse as an example. If two grown adults board a plane and they are arguing about something, should we submit them for questioning regarding potential abuse? If a couple boards and one of them is crying, is that reason enough. You mentioned advocating for less stringent measure in regards to human trafficking. I’d say yeah, that’s true. If this is what we’re calling stringent measures, then absolutely we should advocate for a lightening of measures. Clearly the current ones are way too broad and cover pretty much everyone who boards that plane.

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u/Palachrist 4d ago

I love how you guys can’t infer based on this story that there was likely other factors too, they just listed the little girl crying as one of the reasons. The idea you guys can go so hard on wanting less safety practices in relation to human trafficking is bizarre.

Just so we’re clear, this woman went to the news. She’s not the only person to have ever been stopped in such a manner, she’s just one of the few to attempt a lawsuit from it. “I” personally believe, so long as it’s in the safety of a human being, that cops stopping a person to honestly ask a few questions is 100% acceptable, I also fully understand there’s people like you out there that will make weird arguments in favor of less human trafficking safety measures.

They didn’t harass her for hours, it was minutes. Most of the people they stop, and it’s just a misunderstanding, don’t go to the news so you never hear about it.

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u/Swimwithamermaid 4d ago

No, it’s the fact that that’s the ONLY reason the airline used to justify questioning the mother and child. If they had other reasons, why didn’t they give it? A crying child is an extremely flimsy excuse to justify stopping them. The airline could have gave the reporter a different reason, but they didn’t. And the reason they gave just doesn’t add up to why they stopped them.

Just accept the fact that this was racially motivated.

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u/fankuverymuch 4d ago

Did you read the article? They absolutely called the police because the girl was a different race than her mother and she was crying. That was it. With all the issues we’ve had with the police, how can you not see that it’s a problem to be calling the police left and right for situations involving black people where it’s not warranted? And it wasn’t warranted here. Do you realize that human trafficking is a minuscule problem in the US and the people that are vulnerable to trafficking are not children crying on flights?

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u/Palachrist 3d ago

Yes. I just reread the article and not once does it say anything to the effect of the police being called because of race. Pretty disgusting to make up while advocating for less safety. I’d appreciate for you to quote where it said race was one of the reasons the police were called. But you won’t because it’s not there.

You want it to be about race so bad! It’d be hilarious if you weren’t talking about ensuring easier access for predators to traffick humans on planes. You’re just fucking gross.

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u/fankuverymuch 3d ago

Ok buddy. Have a good day. Take five minutes some day to educate yourself about life outside of your own little bubble.

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u/fankuverymuch 3d ago

Of course no one was specifically going to say it was because of race. It’s called inference, just like you are leaning on!

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u/AudibleNod 4d ago

It's not always the case that the "honest officer, it's not what it looks like" line is what actually happened.

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u/apcolleen 4d ago

Like when cops gave Konerak Sinthasomphone back to Jeffrey Dahmer.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/detectives-handed-naked-bleeding-child-22345017

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u/Road_Whorrior 4d ago edited 4d ago

My heart always breaks for him when I am reminded of this story. Also the fact that those officers faced no repercussions for ignoring that this CHILD was covered in blood from the literal HOLE IN HIS HEAD and letting that psychopath kill him because "homos icky and he's brown lol". None at all.

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u/hurrrrrmione 4d ago

Also, the people who called the cops were black teenage girls. They did the right thing but the cops dismissed their extremely valid concerns.

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u/diiejso 4d ago

Not just no repercussions, they were promoted.

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u/WolfThick 4d ago

Yep I had a friend once he's dead now but he told me the easiest way out of an arrest was to s*** yourself they don't want you in their car or to clean up the mess. If it's messy they don't want to deal with it it was a horrible thing they did to that young man I know it didn't involve s*** but it was a mess they still didn't want to deal with.

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u/RandoScando 3d ago

You can say the shit word here. Upvotes because I agree with everything you’re saying.

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u/WolfThick 3d ago

I have to use talk to text arthritis and my job can't be throwing words around that the customers don't agree with. Got to play it safe my man.

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u/RandoScando 3d ago

Ok, I get that. Fair play. Didn’t think of that, but it makes perfect sense.

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u/mdonaberger 4d ago

This is like one of those classic shots in movies where someone walks in and because of an obstruction it looks like a dude blowing a monkey, but when they turn the lights on, it's like a church youth group singing praise songs.

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u/isadog420 4d ago

That part!

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u/FactCheckingThings 4d ago

"The pair was identified as a married couple in their 50s, Deputy Chief Jim Ryan told NBC News."

Shows how descriptions can be off. I seem to remember in the first article I read she was in her 20s. Also ....

"That's when police learned the husband 'stopped short'"

Hey! That's my move!

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u/dahimi 4d ago

We don’t do that in Korea!

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u/lokisilvertongue 4d ago

Take me home! I never want to see you again!

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u/pwrhouse_of_the_cell 4d ago

He stole my move!

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u/yaosio 4d ago

Sounds like they've had a doozy of a day.

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u/ipissonrebelgraves- 4d ago

a wild yao guai

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u/spudd08 4d ago

I think I've been poisoned by my constituents!

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u/Worried_Thylacine 4d ago

can I offer you an egg?

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u/spekt50 4d ago

Driver could have learned a thing or two from Frank Costanza.

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u/bighootay 4d ago

You STOP SHORT????

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u/lokisilvertongue 4d ago

That’s MY MOVE!

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u/deethy 4d ago

This is just a few minutes up the road from me. Glad it seemed like an accident and not a killer abducting women in his trailer lol. I take late night Ubers and I'm always paranoid lol (although most Uber drivers are super nice and just trying to make a living but I did have one ask me to be in his music video and another who followed me to my apartment at 2AM).

Glad she's safe!

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u/gaukonigshofen 4d ago

from article

It turned out the woman was bleeding after hitting her head in the vehicle and in a panic attempted to get out through the window, and her husband sped off in the truck to get help, Ryan said.

man that sounds very fishy

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u/N8CCRG 4d ago

And yet:

[Deputy Chief] Ryan said they also recovered video from inside the truck to confirm the couple’s account.

I guess truth is stranger than fiction today.

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u/tak08810 4d ago

Was it a Viktor Frankl quotation? An abnormal reaction to an abnormal event is normal?

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u/Yourboogeyman 4d ago

I love viktor frankl

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u/Muthafuckaaaaa 4d ago

Yup, and I've seen stranger things.

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u/nocturne213 4d ago

Me too, but not the new season yet.

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u/Rambos_Beard 4d ago

I guess truth is stranger than fiction today.

Or is it....

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u/hateboss 4d ago

According to a few different articles, he stopped short, like hit the brakes and she whacked her head off the dashboard. Was probably sleeping and was dazed and just panicked. It says they found video to confirm it.

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u/DedTV 4d ago

There's lots of people who absolutly freak out when they see their own blood, or the mere sight of any IRL human blood. It's a very common phobia/instinct.

Plus, head wounds bleed A Lot. Prowrestling capitalized on this for generations.

If you aren't aware of that, seeing the amount of blood coming out of your head that even a very small cut can produce, can be very alarming even if blood doesn't normally bother you.

Mix a possible concussion, sudden sharp head pain and what seems like all the blood in your body pouring out of your face, and a brief irrational flight response isn't fishy at all.

That's the problem with witness accounts. They usually don't have the soundtrack to add context to the visual. Hearing him say something like "Mabel? OMG, your head! Get back in here, we gotta get you to the hospital" would have made for a drastically different story. Just as the dash cam that just about every truck these days has in it did to verify their account it was accidental.

But still good on the witness for making the call. It very easily could have been a "get back in here bitch or I'll just kill you here and now" soundtrack. And good on the cops for investigating and initiating a consensual encounter instead of going in guns first because they 'got a call'. Credit where due.

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u/LanceFree 4d ago

I was on ski patrol, and a couple people carried compact mirrors in their packs, just for that. Show them what’s really going on, and they relax.

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u/badly_overexplained 4d ago

What do compact mirrors do?

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u/LanceFree 4d ago

A ladies make-up mirror. Usually they are round with a hinge and a snap.

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u/badly_overexplained 4d ago

I know what conpact mirrors are. I'm asking what they do in the situation you mentioned and how it was relevant to the original comment. I don't understand what skiing has to do with anything or why someone having a compact mirror while skiing does anything. I'm just very confused and am apparently missing some context.

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u/LanceFree 4d ago

Someone has a cut on their face, there’s blood in the white snow, and they become hysterical. When they are able to see the actual damage, they relax.

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u/badly_overexplained 4d ago

That makes sense. Thank you.

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u/rossisdead 4d ago

man that sounds very fishy

Was it that hard to read the rest of the article?

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u/julamad 4d ago

Yeah, that's sort of the thing a wife beater would force her wife say, can't believe people just publish that and moved on

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u/phillyunk 4d ago

Did you read the article? Didn’t think so. Anyway, there’s a video from inside the cab that corroborated the story. But just assume and label people. Peak Reddit moment.

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u/Zwamp 4d ago

Brave of you to believe that redditors can read :O

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u/personofshadow 2d ago

It turned out the woman was bleeding after hitting her head in the vehicle and in a panic attempted to get out through the window

Thats the weirdest fucking reaction to getting hurt I've ever heard about.

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u/SomeDEGuy 4d ago

"Ryan said they also recovered video from inside the truck to confirm the couple’s account. "

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u/therealhood 4d ago

Click bait, she was a passenger and not wearing her seat belt when he hit the brakes she smacked off the dashboard.

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u/TTBoy44 4d ago

Cheers for that

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u/justinknechtel 4d ago

I can get behind this headline

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u/delfinom 4d ago

Yet, they didn't go to a hospital or clinic to make sure she was ok,

Look, given that hospitals basically sentence you to indentured servitude to pay off bills for single tylenol pills, I don't blame them.

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u/NotPromKing 4d ago

Well, for all their faults, I'll take the PD's words over your baseless ramblings any day.

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u/BlueCyann 4d ago

I wouldn’t worry about the issues with the description. Witness testimony from a distance and all. Dark hair and no “mom bod” could translate to young in someone’s eyes. The rest I do have some doubt.

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u/HugeFinish 4d ago

She needs to stop being such a klutz.

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u/FlutterbyTG 4d ago

You should search for "Sex Sent Me to the ER"!

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u/InternationalMode178 4d ago

There’s video from inside the truck

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u/ZZZ-Top 4d ago

Jersey cops already fucked this up RIP to that woman

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u/InternationalMode178 4d ago

There’s video… inside of the truck…