A relative of mine was killed in a car wreck in 1934. He ran a stop sign and hit another car. The occupants of the other car were not hurt, but he was killed. On the death certificate it said his skull was fractured by the transmission. I don’t know what kind of car he was driving, but it wouldn’t have been a big, new, or expensive car. Probably a Model T or Model A or something like that.
Was the transmission set in place in those days in such a way that a collision could send it flying to hit the driver’s head? (I’m clueless about cars.)
I don’t doubt that it was an accident, as several witnesses attested, but just out of curiosity, would it have been possible for someone to tamper with the transmission to make it more likely to break loose and kill the driver in case of a collision?
Would it have been possible to tamper with the brakes in an old car so that they would work a few times, but then gradually fail?
Thanks for any information!