Story at a glance

  • Twenty-year-old Vincent Bingham totaled his car when he crashed after a cicada flew into his face while he was driving.
  • Bingham was driving a leased 2017 Chevrolet Cruze with the windows rolled down when a cicada flew into his face, causing him to swerve his car into a pole in a knee-jerk reaction.
  • Cincinnati police have released body camera footage that captured the aftermath of the car crash.

Cincinnati police have released body camera footage that captured the aftermath of a car crash caused by a cicada.

“I made a split-second reaction and just ended up totaling the car,” 20-year-old Vincent Bingham told the New York Post.

On Monday, Bingham was driving a leased 2017 Chevrolet Cruze he just got in October with the windows rolled down when a cicada flew into his face, causing him to swerve his car into a pole in a knee-jerk reaction. Bingham, who was wearing his seat belt when the airbags deployed, walked away without any serious injuries.


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A witness to the crash said Bingham hadn’t been swerving or speeding prior to the accident.

“No, he wasn’t speeding or anything,” the witness said. “It’s just, like, all of a sudden he went to the right and caught that pole.”

Given the high presence of cicadas in the area and witness statements, at the time a responding police officer said he was “tempted to believe” Bingham’s version of events.

Bingham has started a GoFundMe to help buy himself a new car.


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Published on Jun 11, 2021