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Honda Crest of A Hill
Hey guys, been reading your site for awhile, now unfortunately have an accident of my own to contribute.
The day that my beautiful new car met it's demise was the sort of day everyone in Central NY looks forward to- a sunny day in July 2010 without a cloud in the sky. I had just picked up my new (to me) 2007 Honda Accord V6 a week earlier after finally managing to unload the piece-of-shit 2006 Volkswagen I had gotten stuck with. I was driving out of Clinton towards the gym in New Hartford in a 50-mph zone in steady traffic, doing about 50-55 mph. I was relaxing, enjoying the warm weather that's so rare in that part of the state, and as I crested the top of a hill I suddenly saw the back of the car in front of my go up in the air, and the next thing I knew I couldn't see.
There was a stopped Buick Regal in the middle of the road, waiting to turn left into a driveway. Other cars had been passing it on the right shoulder, but apparently the 80-year old man in front of me didn't notice that and slammed into the back of the Buick at 50mph without touching the brakes or giving any indication that he even noticed it. I had literally no time to react, but in the split second I had I weighed my choices- to the right was a thick telephone pole, to my left was an oncoming minivan, and in front of me was the back of the Mercury. I slammed on the brakes but there was nothing I could do. My glasses flew off my face and everything in the car went flying, and before I even had time to process that I hit something I was choking on airbag smoke and watching the Mercury I hit flying off into the ditch and field on the right side of the road. Once I found my glasses at my feet, I saw the smashed up hood and reality set in.
I think I must have been stunned- I got out and walked around my car twice before collapsing on the side of the road with my head in my hands. Thank god I wasn't hurt- Honda builds a strong car. Had I been the VW, I probably wouldn't have been as lucky as I was. A nurse that happened to be driving by checked my vitals, and apart from a burn on my hand from the airbag I was completely fine. The old man was shaken up, but didn't have a scratch on him, and everybody in the Buick (which now had a trunk in the backseat) was fine. Unfortunately, my car was totaled- the hood went under the back of the Grand Marquis (which had nothing but a scratch on the bumper to indicate the death of my car) and bent the frame over on top of itself. Would have cost over 10 grand to fix. I still have the Honda emblem from the front of the car in my living room- the impact was so hard it ripped my license plate in half!! Moral of the story- drive carefully and if you have old people in your family, make sure they're fit to drive before you let them on the road! This guy had absolutely no excuse for causing the destruction he did, and he caused a lot of people a lot of inconvenience- I was supposed to leave for college the next week with my new car, and instead had to show up to law school in the passenger seat. The people in the Buick were from Tennessee, and he left them stranded in NY without a car. I know young people get a bad rap for driving, but statistically the elderly are way more likely to cause an accident. Pay attention and be safe!
ps- there's a picture of the Grand Marquis I hit attached- he hit the guy with the dead center of his car! Didn't even try to avoid it.
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