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Old 01-17-2008, 04:00 PM   #1
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As I was leaving the rally today and just getting on I-75 off of MLK Dr. 3 lane road. I was coming off a stop light in the left lane to enter I-75 North. Pavement was still wet. This woman (20 or so) gunned it from behind a car in the far right lane to pass. She whipped past me in the middle lane. She started to fish tail right out in front of me in the middle lane. Rear end was going back and forth across all three lanes. She finally lost it and the truck (small) turned sideways in the far right lane in front of an Explorer. He was able to stop and then she started flipping, 2 1/2 times. She ended up upside down in the grass.

I stopped and came back to the scene. I was the only one who saw the whole thing. She was not injured as her seat belt was on and the roof did not crush. If there had been a passenger they would be dead for sure. Also, she could have lost it in the other lane and rolled into oncoming traffic or been run over by my coach.

When I first saw it start happening I yelled hold on to the family. By the time Sue (DW)looked up she only saw the truck flipping and airborn.

When I get back there she is out of the truck and screaming uncontrollably about her TRUCK! I mean 15 minutes straight of idiocy. Some of the ladies who stopped were trying to tell her that she is lucky to be alive.

I gave my report to the police. Some observations; She was driving recklessly, was talking on her cell phone and couldn't handle the vehicle in the fish tail as she had only one hand on the wheel. I believe her "act" of being so upset was to deflect the fact that she screwed up bad and could have killed someone.

She was refusing medical attention at everyone's insistence she go to the hospital. I know shock and adrenaline do odd things to people. I also know a self absorbed person when I see one too.

Had events turned out differently, my family could be dead. I don't think I was doing 25 mph at the time of start of the accident.

To top things off we saw a school bus near Gainesville off the side of the road that had T-boned into a small SUV. Cops, FD and EMTs everywhere. Obviously SUV had turned out in front of school bus.

I will be hugging the kids a bunch tonight.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:00 PM   #2
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As I was leaving the rally today and just getting on I-75 off of MLK Dr. 3 lane road. I was coming off a stop light in the left lane to enter I-75 North. Pavement was still wet. This woman (20 or so) gunned it from behind a car in the far right lane to pass. She whipped past me in the middle lane. She started to fish tail right out in front of me in the middle lane. Rear end was going back and forth across all three lanes. She finally lost it and the truck (small) turned sideways in the far right lane in front of an Explorer. He was able to stop and then she started flipping, 2 1/2 times. She ended up upside down in the grass.

I stopped and came back to the scene. I was the only one who saw the whole thing. She was not injured as her seat belt was on and the roof did not crush. If there had been a passenger they would be dead for sure. Also, she could have lost it in the other lane and rolled into oncoming traffic or been run over by my coach.

When I first saw it start happening I yelled hold on to the family. By the time Sue (DW)looked up she only saw the truck flipping and airborn.

When I get back there she is out of the truck and screaming uncontrollably about her TRUCK! I mean 15 minutes straight of idiocy. Some of the ladies who stopped were trying to tell her that she is lucky to be alive.

I gave my report to the police. Some observations; She was driving recklessly, was talking on her cell phone and couldn't handle the vehicle in the fish tail as she had only one hand on the wheel. I believe her "act" of being so upset was to deflect the fact that she screwed up bad and could have killed someone.

She was refusing medical attention at everyone's insistence she go to the hospital. I know shock and adrenaline do odd things to people. I also know a self absorbed person when I see one too.

Had events turned out differently, my family could be dead. I don't think I was doing 25 mph at the time of start of the accident.

To top things off we saw a school bus near Gainesville off the side of the road that had T-boned into a small SUV. Cops, FD and EMTs everywhere. Obviously SUV had turned out in front of school bus.

I will be hugging the kids a bunch tonight.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:10 PM   #3
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:28 PM   #4
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Scott, want to rethink the idea of having those children of yours in seatbelts?

Remember.... Sue may not always be able to "grab the family" when necessary.... Accordingly, if the centrifugal force is strong enough, not even Sue could hold them...

Not meant to be abrasive, just feel strongly about the benefits of seat belts...
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:44 PM   #5
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Actually kids were in belts in car seats as they are 90% of the time. 100% of the time when traveling off interstate and on interstate in busy cities and at interchanges.

Sue was wiping a runny nose at the time.

Oh yeah, the occasional emergency bathroom run. The boy doesn't have good aim when we're parked let alone moving.
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:10 PM   #6
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Scott, I based my thoughts from this post in the "LazyDays" topic.... wasn't aware you'd had seat belts installed in the dinette or in the back bedroom..... sorry!


6. Bob's comments were interesting re:family further apart. However, the kids are generally in the back bedroom watching TV while driving or at the table eating. The DW is at the desk working (aircard enabled) or up front in co-pilot seat. This floorplan would actually bring them closer in my case.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:07 PM   #7
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Scott I know what you went through, I had to get away from a gal driving stupid fast and
talking on the phone the whole time....I hammered the Vue and got away from that accident.

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we here on IRV2.com , pray that this won't happen again. that is why we always wear seat belts.
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javajelly,

Glad to hear everyone was ok, also good to hear that your family wears there seat belts 90-100% of the time. I hope some day it will always be 100%. Being in the AirMedical EMS business, I usually fly to scenes like that with very bad out comes. Seat belts truly save lives, I don't hit drive until we are all buckled in.

Again, good driving by being aware and thanks for stopping and helping out the local police.

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Scott I agree with Chris. Please make it 100% for everyone at all times. You never know what might happen.
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Scott, glad to hear that you and your family we not involved in the accident. It is ammzing as to how bad a lot of people drive and it is not just in one part of the country; it everywhere!.
Take care and stay safe.
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We saw a lot of stunt drivers leaving the show yesterday. They made it feel more like a demolition derby. It is not limited to just Florida or just driving as common sense seems to have passed away and not many have bothered to notice.

Keep it safe, don't allow yourselves to get distracted and by all means buckle up!
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Situations like this give "defensive driving skills" a lot more value!
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