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Woman Allegedly Runs Over Husband On Purpose With Ford Escape

Say, you know how the issue of fake, fabricated news has been fervently discussed following Hillary Clinton’s upset¬†loss in the US presidential election? Keep that in mind.

World News Daily Report published a story last week that California woman Tania Whitmore – a “devoted militant for the Hillary Clinton campaign” – very intentionally ran her husband down in her Ford Escape crossover¬†upon learning that he’d voted for Donald Trump in the election. The slogan for World News Daily Report is “News You Can Trust,” and if that alone isn’t enough to put up any red flags, we don’t know what is.

The site reports that Ms. Whitmore’s Ford Escape was traveling at some 65 miles-per-hour when it struck her husband, and after the impact, it promptly changed course and crashed into a tree. The authorities arrived on scene quickly, the story goes, arresting Ms. Whitmore “before she had time to finish her spouse.”

Alas, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet; Tania Whitmore – if she does exist – probably did not purposely bowl her husband down with her Ford Escape. Fact-checking site Snopes says that World News Daily Report “solely traffics in falsehoods and fake news,” and it looks as though the concept for this story may have been lifted directly from an actual 2012 case in which a woman from Mesa, Arizona struck her husband with a Jeep after he admitted that he hadn’t voted in that year’s presidential election. (Read all about it on USA Today.)

In fact, the images used in the World News Daily Report story seem to have been pulled from a few internet searches. Snopes reports that the mugshot is from a 2015 child-neglect case, and the photo of the “doctor” who “treated Mr. Johnson [the victim]” after the incident looks like it was taken from a badly-produced infomercial, or something.

So, there’s practically no chance that this story is the least bit truthful. We’re only sorry that a Ford Escape had to get dragged into it.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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