Myrtle is killed by a car in The Great Gatsby. Whose car actually hits her, and who did she think was in the car?

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Daisy is driving Gatsby's car when she hits and kills Myrtle. Earlier, Myrtle sees Tom driving Gatsby's car into the city, so when she sees the car again, she thinks it is Tom driving.


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Gatsby's car is the one that hits Myrtle. Daisy is driving it, and after she runs Myrtle over, she keeps on going.

Myrtle, however, believes the car belongs to Tom. This is because Tom is driving it when he stops to get gas at the station on the way to New York City. Tom taunts George Wilson by pretending it is his own and asking him if he wants to buy it.

Myrtle thinks Tom is driving the car when it is heading back home, as would make sense if it were his, so she runs out to try to hail him down. She wants Tom to save her from George, who has found out that she is having an affair and, therefore, plans to sell the garage and move them out of the area.

George also believes Tom was driving the car and arrives at his home planning to kill him in revenge for running over and killing Myrtle. Tom, however, callously directs him to Gatsby, saying it was his car and suggesting that he was driving it.

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Myrtle was killed by Jay Gatsby's car.  She thought that her lover, Tom, was driving the car.  

Earlier, Tom and Gatsby exchanged cars while in New York.  Myrtle saw Tom driving the car, and assumed it was his car.  Then when Daisy and Gatsby were coming back home, Gatsby and Daisy were back in his car.  Myrtle ran out into the street in attempt to flag down who she thought was Tom.  Daisy happened to be driving Gatsby's car at this point, and was so upset by earlier events that she was not able to correctly handle the vehicle.  Sadly, Daisy struck and killed Myrtle.  

Jay Gatsby is so in love with Daisy that he is willing to take the blame and the consequences of the accident.  He plans on telling everybody that he was driving, not Daisy.  

‘Was Daisy driving?’

‘Yes,’ he said after a moment, ‘but of course I’ll say I was.

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