By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 16, 2013 11:13 AM EDT
A Google Street View car driver was involved in three separate car crashes in Indonesia, causing the third accident after fleeing from the first two.
The Street View service from Google is very popular and the cars collecting data are famous worldwide. This car, however, seems to have caused quite a mess along the way.
According to a new report from AFT, a single Google Street View car was involved in a double hit-and-run, after which the vehicle crashed into a truck.
"A driver collecting video data for internet giant Google's Street View feature in Indonesia slammed into two vehicles after trying to flee responsibility for an earlier crash on Saturday," reads the AFP report on Sept. 14.
It all started when the driver of the Google vehicle, an Indonesian man, hit a public minivan on the outskirts of Jakarta in the Bogor region. At first the driver stopped and accompanied the minivan driver to a garage, but got scared of the repair fees and decided to flee the scene instead, Hendra Gunawan, the chief of Bogor district police operations, told AFP.
After the Google Street View car driver got in his damaged car and drove away, the minivan driver went after him and engaged in a chase for around three kilometers (roughly two miles), until the Google car hit a second minivan.
"He tried to flee again, but soon crashed into a parked truck before he gave up," added Gunawan.
The Google Street View car driver was detained after the third crash and police took him in for questioning. Authorities did not disclose his name.
"He has been released and all the payments for the vehicles have been sorted out. The damage to the first one would probably have cost 200,000 rupiah ($17,50) to repair."
Photos of the damaged Street View vehicle showed up on Indonesian forum Kaskus, as amateur photographers nearby captured the incident. According to the images, the car had damage to the front, as well as the windshield smashed in.
Google had no comment at the time the AFP report surfaced, but has since acknowledged the incident and said that it was working closely with local police to sort things out, reports ZDNet. The company also apologized for any damage the driver caused and said that it typically hires its Street View drivers on a contract basis. Under the company's policies and local law, drivers are required to stop in the event of an accident.
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