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Two-year-old Corey Abrams is recovering from disc fusion surgery after he fell victim to a growing dangerous car trend: A "sideshow."

Sideshows happen when a group of drivers block highway traffic with their vehicles, and then start doing donuts in the middle of the road. The sideshow that injured Corey took place in the middle of the night near Oakland, Calif., and resulted in a major crash when a tractor trailer didn't realize traffic ahead of the truck had come to a sudden stop. The trailer hit the car Corey was in, and slammed into the vehicle.

The two-year-old suffered serious injuries, including a broken neck, KGO reported.

"After the big rig hit us we spinned out of control and then we ended up hitting another car and after stopped we were the facing the oncoming traffic," Corey's mother Jasmine told KGO. "And I got out by climbing through the back door on the driver's side and good Samaritans came and helped us out and everything."

Corey is currently recovering and will have to stay at the hospital until he is able to walk on his own. He will have to wear a brace for three months.

Police have not found the drivers responsible for this particular sideshow.

Many times, these illegal sideshows take place in vacant lots for a group of spectators. But bolder drivers have begun shutting down traffic on major roads, as was the case in the Abrams crash.

The video below gives an idea of how these can stop traffic.



Sideshows are most popular in the San Francisco and Oakland areas and have been increasing in regularity since they hit their peak in 2005, when police received around 700 complaints about the activity, according to the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

Drivers caught participating in sideshows can face stiff penalties, such as having their cars impounded, fines and even jail terms. The problem is that local police forces often lack the bandwidth to enforce the law.


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      nancypueyo
      • 2 Years Ago
      no wait a bunch of stupid idiots that don't have any thing else better to do with their lives
      • 2 Years Ago
      Granted this "sideshow" stunt is ridiculous, but what if it was an actual emergency situation? The truck did not stop when it should have, ("...a tractor trailer didn't realize traffic ahead of the truck had come to a sudden stop.") IE the driver was not paying attention. Therefore, the real action that caused this child to get hurt was not this stupid "sideshow" but was in all facts the truck driver not paying attention. Substitute the stupid "sideshow" with any other action that would cause a quick traffic back up... it still would not have stopped the truck driver from not paying attention to traffic and not stopping. Therefore, this story is actually about some poor kid getting hurt because of a neglectful driver who just happens to be able to deflect the blame on stupid kids. So this story is actually about some poor kid getting hurt because of a neglictful driver who just happens to be able to deflect the blame on stupid kids.
      • 2 Years Ago
      NEW CAR TREND!!! THE BAY HAS BEEN SIDESHOWIN FOR YEARS
      Dear MoonWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Himbo Parade Never Ends.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      bring on the big war, lets thin the herd...you want to do crazy stupid stuff and show everybody how bad you are go to the battle field and stand still with a target on your head
      ralphsrec
      • 2 Years Ago
      you've got to be kidding. what's the world coming to?
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not a dumb thing, it is criminal homicide. Criminal homicide is defined as intentional, reckless, or negligent death of a victim at the hands of a perpetrator. In a criminal homicide charge the nature of the crime is not justifiable, excusable, or wholly accidental. In this case, the people who put on this so-called "sideshow" should be charged wih murder. The lawyers will, of course, try to pin it on the two-year-old.
      makeredhappy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just horrible. Where's a helicopter when you really need one to follow these idiots and track them down! Does someone have to die first? Useless people doing useless things that get them nowhere in life and have ruined one little boy's life.
      Allison
      • 2 Years Ago
      Total morons with no regard for anyone else. Now look at what this 2 year old has to endure because of their stupidity. Disgusting.
      doxyland
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this a whole generation of people without a conscience and who have never realized behavior has consequences. Put the perps in prison for an attempted murder stretch.
      flyingfortresb17
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoever these people are who created this mess surely do not want me on their jury. I would recommend they be charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle (knowingly, intentionally, recklessly by act or omission) with a sentence of 15-20 years, pay all medical costs, lose the license for life and pay for all damages incurred to replace the damaged vehicle.
      peekaboo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Poor little guy. I fractured my lower spine in a car crash 4 years ago, and am in chronic pain everyday since. This little guy is going to suffer for the rest of his life because of this. You tube should block any videos of these things, because there would be no reason for them to do it if there wasn't an audience for this sort of thing. Prayers are sent to him, and his family.
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