David B sent me this amazing clip….

So, how many times did you have to watch the clip before you spotted it?


  1. I saw it the first time – but I wasn’t even sure if someone might have faked it or photoshopped it or whatever.

    1. The dark SUV slams on its brakes hard. The tires smoke, the SUV slows dramatically, the front end drops. It definitely brakes hard. So I’m going with real. Also, the driver of that SUV and its well maintained brakes saved a non zero number of lives that day.

    2. On second viewing, it seems the smoke is coming from the red light runner. It is possible that he too braked, or swerved ever so slightly, to avoid the white car. But the dark SUV definitely braked hard.

  2. I think the reason this looks fake is due to how the white car seems to suddenly accelerates to make room for the red-light runner to get past. After watching this closely, I believe this is simply an optical illusion caused by the fact that the black car is slowing down (truly a case of lightning reflexes).

    Of course, there’s no way to be completely sure it’s not fake, but I don’t see anything in it that is definitely fake.

    1. Me too. I watched it several times, trying to figure out why the pedestrians stopped in the front of the van.

      THEN I saw it.

  3. Three times. I was distracted by the pedestrians and the white van — they seemed to be talking to the people in the van or something, which I assumed would be relevant. I only spotted the speeding car after reading the comments.

  4. How can drivers do that?
    Do they ‘see’ the gap they are about to drive through? (like the stories of tennis players and rear-gunners reacting too quickly)
    Or are they just going along with their eyes closed?

    1. How? Luck. Pure dumb luck. That and the fact that the guy in the dark SUV had good reflexes and good brakes.

  5. Four times – was watching the pedestrians each time and had to deliberately turn my attention away from them.

    Very good

  6. First time.
    After watching the video in sloooooow motion about 10 times, I am quite sure that it is a fake. You can see for 0.1 seconds before the speeding car reaches the white car that its shadow disappears. Also, given the speed at which the white car is moving, it could not have moved out of the way in time.

  7. I saw it first time, but I was expecting an actual crash. It seems highly unlikely that it’s fake, just based on how many videos there are of real car crashes and real near misses there are on youtube. What would be the point of spending hours faking something like this (and yeah, faking a video like this would take many hours).

    Here’s one of the many compilations, which includes this video;

  8. I saw it the first time but I had to watch it again to be sure as I was watching the pedestrian wondering why they stopped for so long in front of the white van. I wondered if that was a clue. I would like to see evidence that it’s not an illusion.

  9. I can’t believe I had to watch it 3 times before I saw it. That blows my mind. I wonder why this video has that effect. What is stealing focus that effectively? I think it may be the people in the crosswalk; perhaps we’re more apt to focus on other human beings first and foremost.

  10. It looks real to me. Once while driving at the speed limit on the freeway, I saw a Pinto swerve to avoid another car, tip up on its side, bounce off the light metal fence in the center, land back on its wheels in the nearest lane and then keep going. Everyone else did the same … as if nothing had happened.

  11. I’ve no idea what that was about. Can someone help?! Was it that when the black car on the right pulled up, the people who had been crossing the road got in and then got out and continued crossing the road?

  12. Emma,

    Just as the black car is pulling up, a car on the right side of it speeds past, crossing the street and amazingly somehow not creating an accident.

  13. I think it is either faked or staged. The fast car just looks unnatural, But the main reason for my opinion has to do with the motive of the photographer, which is always my first question when seeing this type of thing. How is it that someone just happened to be filming this particular intersection at this particular moment. Unless it was an automatic surveillance camera like they have in stores. But I have seen a lot of surveillance camera footage and the quality of this scene is much better.

    1. Did you consider that perhaps the video has been resampled to lower quality at some stage, perhaps for display on YouTube?

      Clearly it’s a fixed surveillance camera.

    2. I though the SA WEHA 01 in the lower left corner probably indicated a traffic cam location, so I googled it. Turns out people on several websites had the same idea. It apparently means ‘Santa Ana, Westminster & Harbor, camera 01’. One site had a comment from someone who found a piece of bumper in that intersection the next day. If you look closely, something does appear to come off the speeding car, so maybe that’s what he found?

  14. So there is this dark SUV which slams its brakes. See there is a white pickup just behind (from camera’s viewpoint) the dark SUV. And behind that white pickup there is a white car. Let’s follow this white car since 0:06, as soon as it appears in the view. Keep on following it – do not look at the speeding car – and voila the white car changes its color.

  15. Just once
    I assume this is a altered video…
    a little like running between the raindrops.
    I never have been able to manage that feat.

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