Teen Carjackers Flee After Encountering Manual Transmission Vehicle
Teens who tried to carjack a woman ended up running away from the car when they discovered it was a manual transmission vehicle.
A 15-year-old and a 17-year-old attempted two carjackings before police caught them at 6:20 p.m. in Nashville, Tennessee. They approached a woman sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot. The teens opened the passenger and driver side doors tried to pull her out of the car, but they fled when she held the car horn and screamed. The woman refused treatment for minor injures after the incident, according to a press release from the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.
About an hour later, a woman was walking into a Kroger supermarket from the store’s parking lot when the teens snatched her car keys out of her hand. They got into her car, but ran out seconds later because of the manual transmission, according to the press release.
Police officers saw the teens in the area and took them into custody. They were positively identified as the carjackers from both incidents. The teens were charged in Juvenile Court with attempted robbery/carjacking, theft of property, and attempted theft of a vehicle, according to the press release.
U.S. News and World Report looks at how fewer and fewer people can drive manual. It references a popular joke on its Best Cars blog that refers to a manual transmission as “the best automotive anti-theft device on the market.”
A 2016 Los Angeles Times article reports that according to Edmunds senior analyst Ivan Drury less than 3 percent of U.S. car sales are manual vehicles, down from 7 percent in 2012, and 25 percent in 1992.
“That number is never going to go back up,” Drury told the Los Angeles Times. “The trajectory is down, headed for zero.”
The article compares that number with 80 percent manual transmission sales in some countries in Europe and Asia.