Well, here'* the gist of the story.
I get out of class and start walking to one of the on-campus dorms to meet with some friends (I live off-campus). It'* a beautiful Friday, the perfect temperature to give my Bonnie a bath. Life is good. As I'm walking along the road, one of my Fraternity brothers, Kyle, pulls up next to me.
"Keacher, you have a red Bonneville, right? Did you park over by Moench hall [on the other side of campus]?"
"Your car got hit."
"Yeah, pretty bad. I think it'* totalled, man."
My first thought: "How bad could it be?" After all, I was *parked* on the opposite side of a sidewalk. Kyle gave me a ride over to the scene. By this time, a fire engine, multiple state police cruisers, and various news media (hey, it'* a small town) were on the scene. What a shock to see a Chevy Avalanche stuck to the top of my engine! It gradually became clear that my car was no longer where I had parked it several hours before. In fact, the collision moved my car *three spaces* away. Look closely at http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/totall...r/P4260173.JPG
: the tan scrape in the middle of the picture is where my driver'* side front rim bit into the pavement.
I started talking to the other victims, eight of us in all. Fortunately, none of us were near our cars when the accident occured; had somebody been beside their car when the tragedy transpired -- well, it would have been bad.
The kid driving the Avalanche said he was going 25 and blacked out. Riiiight... I'm an engineering major, and there'* no way that much carnage ensured from a 25 mph impact. It'* all a mater of mathematics. Heck, I could write the equations for the crash right now. Let'* see... 4500-lb Avalanche displaces eight 3500-lb cars, totalling at least three of them... According to the newspaper, the Avalanche driver, a sophomore at my college, was travelling between 60 mph and 70 mph when he hit.
Blacked out? Then how do you explain the skid marks
Several miscellaneous comments: A photo of me and my car made the front page of the local paper. ( http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/media/tribstar.htm
) [That photo was taken after the SUV was towed away, and IMHO, it'* a bad one of me. Ah well.] No, I haven't started looking for a new car yet. I'll keep you all updated as things progress.
1993 Pontiac Bonneville SSE (R.I.P. 4/26/02)
[ This Message was edited by: Teuobk on 2002-04-29 21:17 ]