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Old 06-12-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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Incident Yesterday Afternoon

About noon yesterday I went to Pep Boys to buy a couple of things. I finished shopping and was approaching the check-out when I heard a loud BANG, and the lights went out. My first thoughts were, "damn, the cash register will be down and I won't be able to buy these things." Then I saw people outside running. I went out and saw that my six-week old Tundra tug wasn't quite as I had parked it.

It turned out that the driver had crossed three lanes of traffic, knocked out a power pole, then a couple of signs, then plowed into a Chevy SUV, which was then pushed into my new Tundra. It took quite a while to cut the guy out of his old piece-of-crap truck and he looked like he was in pretty bad shape. One person said the old guy gained consciousness long enough to say he "fell asleep," (if you can believe that, at about 12:00 noon!). Anyway, I'm glad I wasn't getting into the Tundra when it was hit - as you can see it was pushed at least four feet out of the parking space.

This is the closest I have ever come to being in a wreck, and hope it's the closest I ever get! I'll be listening to the news to hear if the guy makes it.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:59 AM   #2
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So glad to hear you weren't hurt. Wonder if they driver was intoxicated or one of our FL Elderly Citizens who no longer should be driving. I think once they start confusing the brake and the gas they shouldnt be allowed to drive. Cant count how many news reports have we heard where that was the case in an accident or they confused "Drive" and "Reverse" and yet they keep driving.

Hope this doesnt delay any of your travel plans.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:27 AM   #3
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You had an angel sitting on your shoulder. Two-three minutes the outcome may have been different. Like walking in the parking lot with your back to the oncoming vehicle.

Sorry to hear about the damage to your new tug. Hopefully HIS insurance company will make it right for you.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:11 AM   #4
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Ouch! Sorry about the damage to your new tug :-( I know that it is the first ding that hurts the most having had an incident with a car less than a month old. Glad though that no one but the other driver was hurt.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:06 AM   #5
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Glad you were not hurt, sorry about the truck. I was in Pensacola this week visiting relatives and just drove back home to Va. yesterday. Was the accident at the Pep Boys on Hwy. 90 next to the Wal Mart, If so I was there on Friday. Also I noticed the King Buffet bill board, we ate lunch there on Thursday. What a coincidence, glad I left town before all the excitement.
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Glad you were not hurt, sorry about the truck. I was in Pensacola this week visiting relatives and just drove back home to Va. yesterday. Was the accident at the Pep Boys on Hwy. 90 next to the Wal Mart, If so I was there on Friday. Also I noticed the King Buffet bill board, we ate lunch there on Thursday. What a coincidence, glad I left town before all the excitement.
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That's the one. The paper this morning still says the man's condition is "unknown." I'm not sure of his age, either. One person said 80 and another said 30. I didn't get a good enough look when they finally got him out to judge for myself.
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:25 PM   #7
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My dad drove into his early 90's and then it was a broken hip that took him out of the car - but - he limited himself to his neighborhood where he could get to the grocery - bank - hardware store without going out onto busy streets and roads.

If golf carts were allowed he'd have been able to use one in this circuit with ease.
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My dad drove into his early 90's and then it was a broken hip that took him out of the car - but - he limited himself to his neighborhood where he could get to the grocery - bank - hardware store without going out onto busy streets and roads.

If golf carts were allowed he'd have been able to use one in this circuit with ease.
I do that now.......
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:55 AM   #9
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So glad to hear you weren't hurt. Wonder if they driver was intoxicated or one of our FL Elderly Citizens who no longer should be driving. I think once they start confusing the brake and the gas they shouldnt be allowed to drive. Cant count how many news reports have we heard where that was the case in an accident or they confused "Drive" and "Reverse" and yet they keep driving.

Hope this doesnt delay any of your travel plans.
While it is true that every accident involving an elderly driver is front page news, it is also true that their accident rate is lower than the general population.
Anecdotally, I appears to me that nearly everyone who drinks,drives legally drunk at least once a month.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:04 AM   #10
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Damage?
Fender,Bumper,Headlight,Rim and tire and Hood?
Did you get estimate yet?
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:27 PM   #11
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Wow!!!!!! Yes, could have been worse.
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That's always so frustrating getting damage to your new vehicle so soon after getting it. At least you were in the store and not in the truck. Have you had a chance to try the Tundra with the EggCamper yet to see how they handle together?

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Old 06-18-2011, 10:55 AM   #13
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$5000 in damages. I'll have to pay my $500 deductible because the dirt-bag who caused the wreck didn't have enough insurance to cover all the damage he caused. Because I was the last hit, I'm the last in line for a claim on his 10K in insurance, and that will probably mostly be gone just replacing the poles and signs he plowed under.

We did get to use the Tundra to tow our egg on a trip to Hunting Island State Park in SC - it was SWEET.
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OUCH! That makes it worse that you have to pay part of the damage yourself. Do you have Uninsured Motorist Property Damage (UMPD) on your truck? I think it's optional in FL, but if you have it then it may have a lower deductible for UMPD than on your collision policy.
We really liked Hunting Island when we camped there, it may not be there much longer with all the beach erosion that they were getting .

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