April Fools, 1976
LAUDERHILL, Florida -
It was a Thursday, April Fools Day, 1976 and Barbara Cosgrove was driving her beautiful, three day old Lincoln Mark IV over the Brooklyn Bridge. At the time the bridge was being painted, and about 200 feet above, a tarp hung that helped prevent paint from falling onto the cars below. Heavy rains caused the tarp to give way, sending an extreme amount of water crashing onto Barbara Cosgrove’s new luxury ride, smashing the hood and windshield. Barbara recalled that she screamed so loud that she caused damage to her own eardrums. She then turned off the car and passed out.
Unfortunately, Barbara did have a brief hospital stay, but upon being released she and her insurance company wasted no time in filing a claim against the Belt Painting Co., which was doing the paint work on the bridge. She had hoped there would be an eventual settlement, but as time went on nothing came of it. In July of 1978 Barbara wrote a letter to her attorney asking him to pursue the settlement, but for unknown reasons she never mailed it. She eventually gave up the idea of a settlement as a lost cause.
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