Pretty amazing you were unscathed. How's the other guy and his car? (In my case, my parked car was hit by a Honda minivan that kept going another 100+ feet, and the people were completely fine. Those are strong vehicles...) Gil
The fellow that hit me kept on going, it was a hit-and-run at 70-90mph. I was very lucky in only getting nailed in the left rear and not rolling over. It is amazing the other fellow that hit me didn't lose control and bounce off me and careen into the concrete freeway divider. The people that were behind me and almost got hit by the same fellow, were amazed I didn't roll over and was uninjured, so were the State Police.
I have had an Honest John missile unexpectedly fly through the air about 75-feet from me, been shot at, attacked by various humans sometimes with weapons of various sorts, and animals including a large wild boar, etc. etc. etc., and this recent vehiKular mishap rates up there with the worst of them. It was completely unexpected, and I didn't know what hit me and luckily and quickly recovered my wits to prevent my sliding and careening vehiKle from hitting other vehiKles and from rolling over. Whew!!!!!
This explains it all. from a 2-5-07 (5-2-07 for you Europeans reading this) post at another thread here entitled 'I GOT MY CD GAME COPY!!!!!':
'Unfortunately, I just briefly have looked at it and have not loaded the game due to various reasons, some good and some bad.
I am building a new computer and updating hardrives with Win XP, F-disking and formatting. My old computer has FAT32 formattted disks, and my new computer will have NTFS formatted disks. Am trying to get a WD Raptor as the master dirve for the new computer, and have a 160GB WD SATA II *MB cache for the Slave Drive already. Old Computer will have 2 IDE, 1 WD at 80GB and another WD, IBM/Hitachi, WD or whatever at 40GB or so, what ever I pickup on Ebay cheapest. Still waiting for the 2.5GHz Northwoos 400FSB 512kb for the old computer, and the BTX fan for the new computer with its P4 571 3.8GHz 800FSB 1MB cache Hyper Threading CPU that I already have. Need DDR2 of 400, 533 or 667MHz for the new computer, 4 GB's worth, maybe only 3. Waiting to get 1GB PC 2100 266MHz Ram Dimm back under RMA from a manufacturer for the old computer which now has 2.256GB of 266MHz RAM and will have 3GN when and if I get a RMA replacement DIMM. Blah, blah, blah.
Also, early this morning at about 2:30AM, I was hit from the rear on the expressway by a nut doing between at least 70mph to maybe 90mph plus. It was a hit and run, and my truck almost flipped over but I did some quick wheeling of the steering wheel as I slid across the lanes in front of fast moving oncoming traffic, and recovered and didn't flip over sideways. Unbelieveable the only damage was to my left rear of my truck and tailgate, the left rear quarter panel needs replacement, maybe the tailgate does maybe not, and I lost my left rear tire and the rim is ruined, the rear bumper is shot, and botu tail light assemblies need to be replaced, as the right one flew out due to the impact. Lucky the people behind me stopped and called the State Police and an ambulance, but I seemed to be only rattled because the person that hit me almost hit the people behind me but swerved around them and clobbered me. If I had been going 5mph faster I probably would have just missed getting hit as I was changing lanes, only one lane, to my right to get into the exit lane to get off the freeway. Only 2.5 to 3 miles or so to go and I would have been home. It was very windy and frigid, so I sat in the State Police car and talked and joked around with the 2 Officers. I related some tales from my drinking and driving days, and yes, got some good laughs. I haven't drank sine 1995. We determined the hit and run fellow that nailed me was probably drunk, and luckily I was going fast enough so when he hit me he pushed be and bounced off, but kept going like a bat out of hell. The people behind me said the rear of my truck was lifted in the air due to this guys angled front end of his SUV pushing up under my rather high rear end of my truck. I was lucky my truck didn't flip over because i may not be here now, or be here in a injured manner anyway. I had about 1/2 of a cup of coffee in the cup holder, and about 1/2 of it spilled out, so at least I still had some cold coffee to sip on after the accident. What a trip. I didn't know what hit me. I was unlucky in getting hit, but am lucky to be alive and uninjured and having as little damage done to my truck as was done.
I will have to use a rental vehiKle for a week or two until my truck is repaired. Insurance will cover it, with a $250 or $500 deductible though.
I think a proper Ben Franklin Phhhrrrrrttt!!!!!!!!!!!!! is in order here for this vehiKular event.
Take care and stay warm, Chris '
Ain't life a trip!??! Chris