[elky] Re: Crash!

  • From: Chris Lindh <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: elky@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 10:26:04 -0400

"Pre-existing damage: damage all over, peeling paint, peeling bondo, rust,
car is need of restoration"

These are the comments from the Toyota dealership body shop.  The estimate
is $583.30 to repair.  The appraiser said it would probably cost a little
more to repair, and they would bill the insurance for the difference.  I'm
actually glad the estimate is low, the claims person at the insurance
company mentioned the possibility of a total loss.  Surely I can prove the
'80 is worth more than $583.30...

On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM, Chris Lindh <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> It was Grandma, taking her grandson to his baseball game.  She was in a
> hurry and didn't see me stopped... (maybe I need a 3rd tail light).
> She had her daughter come pick up the grandson, but when they tried to
> leave the officer announced through his loudspeaker that the occupant could
> not leave until he was finished with the process.  Grandma received a
> citation for following too closely.  (I have learned that sometimes it is
> best to slow down to get things done quickly.)
> Weather: clear, time 6PM, she was driving a Honda Accord.  Her bumper cover
> received minor damage.  Her hood had dents from a previous incident...
> While I was waiting to turn in my wife and boys turned in coming the
> opposite direction in the G35, then it happened.  My oldest was upset
> thinking I got hurt.
> The crazy part is Grandma wanted me to just let it slide... she thought my
> bumper could just be "pulled out".  I'd like Grandma to work in a body shop
> for a few months...
> ...and, at another time in my life it might have been a bummer, but I'm
> mellowing...  it could have been worse (it wasn't an 18 wheeler!).  The
> damage is minimal.  I would have been aggravated if it was any of the other
> cars.  The El Camino paint is rough, there are rust spots popping up all
> over, the drivers door is full of bondo (I have a spare) and the tailgate
> has bondo cracking off AND had a giant limb fall on it (I have a spare
> tailgate too).
> On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM, <STILLFRANKSFAULT@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> **
>> Bummer, never a good time for that. was (she) on a cell phone? Putting on
>> makeup? Are you OK? Weather conditions? Wet?
>> what was (she) driving?
>> Smokey Mt Frank
>>  In a message dated 10/3/2011 9:01:21 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>> chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
>> "Vehicles 1 and 2 were traveling south on (Main) Road approaching it`s
>> intersection with
>> (Neighborhood) Drive. Vehicle 2 stopped in preparation for turning left
>> onto (Neighborhood)
>> Drive, waiting on oncoming (northbound) traffic. Vehicle 1 was not able to
>> stop in time,
>> and struck the rear of vehicle 2 after swerving to the right in an attempt
>> to avoid
>> impact.
>> Driver 2 stated that he was waiting on oncoming traffic to pass so he
>> could make a left
>> turn onto (Neighborhood) Drive when his vehicle was struck in the rear.
>> Driver 1 stated that she did not see that vehicle 2 had stopped in time.
>> She said that
>> she attempted to stop in time, and tried to swerve to avoid striking
>> vehicle 2, but she
>> was not able to do so in time."

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