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Xbox gamer struck in home as car blasts through wall

Technically Incorrect: A Texas man says he was saved by his special gaming chair when a car plowed into his apartment as he played Fallout 4.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Ben Rose is a gamer.

CBS screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You're sitting at home, immersed in a strange world on your Xbox.

You're playing Fallout 4. It's a wasteland. You never know what's going to come at you and from where.

Suddenly, you're struck from behind, and hard.

It's not your inamorata, it's a Hyundai Sonata.

This is what befell Ben Rose, who lives in Irving, Texas, last Sunday afternoon. A car plowed through the wall of his apartment and struck him.

As he told CBS11 in Dallas: "Cars versus people don't really end up well. So I really thought it was over." He acknowledged that it was a truly dumbfounding turn of events: "Everybody asks, were you walking in your parking lot? Or were you in your car? What do you mean she drove through your apartment?"

Auto accidents typically aren't associated with in-home video game play. They're more likely to arise from texting while driving or when crossing the street, invariably with dire consequences.

The damage in the Texas incident was considerable, not least to Rose. He suffered a fractured vertebra and tore an Achilles tendon. He believes, however, that his special rolling gaming chair saved him from worse.

"It took the impact," he said. "It pushed me out of the way."

Now, though, come the bills. The driver apparently was uninsured, so Rose has to pay an even greater price.

Officer James McLellan of the Irving Police Department told me that driver "was cited for not being able to provide proof of insurance."

He added, however: "This was an accidental car crash, not a criminal act. No laws were broken, other than the aforementioned citation." It's believed she mistook the accelerator for the brake.

Rose, a freight delivery driver, told CBS that his medical and other costs are already two months' salary. Friends have created a GoFundMe campaign in order to find the cash to help. It has now passed its $10,000 target.

Rose has somehow managed to stay sanguine.

"I can't take back what she's done or what happened. But I'm still not in the hospital. I'm lucky it's not worse," he told CBS. (Note: CBS is the parent company of CNET.)

If you read the way his friends describe him on the GoFundMe page, he sounds like a very decent human being. They say he has "four points in toughness."

One can only hope he's out of the wasteland soon.

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