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Boy tossed from car in crash, injured, in 1952 pre-“Dazed and Confused” chase of freshmen with auto

Terrible Indianapolis Star  headline: “Accident Mars Hazing Party”:  The hazing was fine until a car full of whooping boys cracked up?  Moderator Hank Nuwer

Here is the clip from the Palladium Item dated September 9, 1952.

The boy thrown from the trunk of a car and hurt was John McCann. Ten boys had piled into the vehicle. Lineback ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle.

The driver Dale Lineback had been stopped twice previously for traffic violations and let go.  His punishment? $25 fine and suspension of license.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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