|Not only is the driver erased, so is the headline verb|
First off, the headline: "2 Pedestrians [blank] by van..."
The verb, the action, the collision itself is totally erased. That's merely a typo, an error in copy editing, but it is also one helped along by the way we mystify collisions in order to insulate drivers from fault and driving itself from an awareness of its routine dangers.
The rest of the short piece is a tissue the more customary mystification, of "the van [verb]" formula that makes the van the subject of all sentences rather than the driver.
A driver struck two people walking.
A person was driving a vehicle, and a person in charge of that vehicle struck two other people who were walking. The van does not yet have agency and is not a robot. Only the human operator of the vehicle has that agency, and is responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle.
|Patterns of erasing the driver|
|Columbia Journalism Review|
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looking critically at autoism