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Death of a Legacy
Posted 09 April 2005 - 09:40 PM
They had left at 6 in the morning, after being up late at a party and were heading down a 4 lane highway. My friend was asleep in the passenger seat, and his mother...was asleep in the drivers seat. They left the road and went into the dirt in the center median of the higway, both woke up from the bumping, and he said that she jerked the wheel right to get back on the road and they spun out of control, but she said that it was all fine untill the rear left wheel got back on the pavement, then they lost control. But anyways, they hit the gaurdrail on the breakdown lane side of the road going about 50. The car was at about a 90 degree angle to the road when it pounded the gaurdrail. My friend said that the front of the car was tweaked sideways and the headlights and hood got shoved way back. Needless to say, it was totaled.
They were both fine, had their seatbelts on and the airbags went off, neither of them had scratches or bruises. My friend is thankful to the car and wary about falling asleep at the wheel, but his mother is still in denial.
She says that the car never gripped the road well and followed cracks in the road. Her claim that the car didn't lose control untill the last wheel got back on the pavement seems dubious to me, but others may think different. I believe my friend's account more, because I know plenty of people who have fallen asleep, woken up and jerked the wheel too far and lost control.
It was a really nice car, in good shape too, but I guess it served its purpose by saving two lives.
Don't sleep and drive!
Posted 09 April 2005 - 10:27 PM
You're right, the car did serve its purpose by protecting the passengers inside. Cars can be replaced, but lives cannot. Good thing they were wearing their seat belts, too.
Posted 09 April 2005 - 11:22 PM
Posted 10 April 2005 - 06:57 AM
Posted 10 April 2005 - 06:37 PM
Posted 11 April 2005 - 05:01 PM
Posted 11 April 2005 - 07:30 PM
Who is in the right mindset enough to crtisize the handling of a car going from dirt to tarmac at 50mph after waking up 1 second prior?
Posted 11 April 2005 - 09:20 PM
Posted 13 April 2005 - 08:51 PM
Posted 13 April 2005 - 09:40 PM
She has never been in the "right mindset" She said that the car's suspension was higher just so that they could get away with lower gas milage. She should be danm thankful she survived, many haven't from falling asleep. Frickin new ageies. It sucks, cause that was a nice car wasted on the ungrateful.
No, the suspension was higher so that people can go out in nature further to enjoy it's riches. The lower gas milage was due to the lower gearing to make better use of that three inches.
She should be grateful that the car sacrificed it's life to protect hers. This was a bad situation from the start. when she hit the dirt, she was already out of control (first from being asleep, then from overcontrolling when she was startled awake)
She should honour the spirit of the car that served her so faithfully, by not blaming it for her mistakes. Beware of the karma that you build when you do things like that.
Posted 14 April 2005 - 09:43 AM
Dude, I don't know what's more sad: that your friend lost a great soon-to-be car or that he was up until 6 am partying with his mom...
a better reply
Posted 14 April 2005 - 11:04 PM
they weren't up till 6, they were up till maby 2 or so, then slept before leaving. And I hope there were other people at the party, it would be just..wrong.. very wrong if there weren't.
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