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.
The story of a #cicada that caused a driver to crash on Riverside Dr. earlier in the week has been all the buzz.— Cincinnati Police Department (@CincyPD) June 10, 2021
As the kids like to say, "Video, or it didn't happen..." well here it is:
(PS We're so glad this young man is ok. He has been a great sport about the whole thing) pic.twitter.com/cSdoBBeh3G
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.
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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