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Cary Grant18-wheeler  

Definition: Killed accidentally by a semi.

History: Murderers drive cars, but Cruel Fate rolls in an 18-wheeler. That’s because nothing says “OUCH!” to audiences like an innocent character smacked by a semi. Whether a semi is 4 or 1000 feet away from its victim, the rule is the semi cannot slow or swerve, but must maintain its speed blasting its horn. 

One rare exception is the truck in “North by Northwest” (1959) that stops just as it knocks Cary Grant on his back. Of course, this truck is the mother of all inertia. Seconds later it doesn’t budge when struck broadside by an airplane.

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