A video, which supposedly depicts a young woman being killed by a car after a prank goes horribly wrong, has circulated widely via social media websites and email.
Credits on the video identify it as “Exhibit B-5” in a 2009 court case concerning the death of the girl. The video has generated a great deal of discussion, with many commentators maintaining the footage depicts a real accident while others suggesting that the incident was entirely staged.
In this case, the more sceptical commentators are correct. The incident shown in the video was indeed entirely staged and scripted. “Rachel”, the young prank victim featured in the film, was played by Cindy Vela, a US based actress and model. Vela includes the following information about the video on her Facebook page, along with pictures from the making of the film:
This is a short film entitled EXHIBIT B-5. It’s meant for entertainment purposes only. Credits include:
Written & Directed: Kyle Rankin
Digital FX: R. Zane Rutlege
Rachel (girl who dies): me/Cindy Vela
Sheri (blonde): Mircea Monroe
Neighbor (guy): Corin Nemec
No mannequins were used and I can’t say exactly how we did it, but I did have to lay on top of and underneath the car. I have to applaud the special effects — the first time I saw it I was shocked. This was NOT a reenactment of a real story, and NOT a clip of a full length film.
The short film’s director is also identified as Kyle Rankin on Cindy Vela’s IMDb page. Kyle Rankin and other players have so far remained relatively tight-lipped about their involvement in the film. However, “Sheri”, the blond girl shown in the longer version of the film is clearly identifiable as the actress Mircea Monroe. And, the male accomplice in the longer version is also clearly identifiable as the actor Corin Nemec.
Example of the circulating message:
Subject: Exhibit B-5 (a.k.a. Girl Dies)
A video used in a court-case that my father adjudicated. The blond girl was sued by the parents of her roommate
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!