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    While driving my M925 home from dropping off a M35A2 in Phoenix yesterday evening, a bad thing happened.

    I was driving in the right lane on the interstate, about 60mph, soft top removed. Headlights approaching from behind. He changed to the left lane abruptly at the last moment and went left far enough put his left front wheel in the sandy median. He went by my rear tandem sideways. He over corrected and went sideways the other way with me standing on my brakes to give him my lane to play with as well. He missed my winch by some small margin that I couldn't see. As he continued off the right side of the road in front of me I had decided I wasn't going to stop. He had not impacted anything and couldn't have been injured.

    I changed my mind when his car began flipping and tumbling, scattering pieces. On one of the flips, midair, he exited the sunroof involuntarily. It was not open at the time.

    I got the M925 stopped and another car stopped right behind me. A young woman was getting out and running towards the wreckage. I stopped her and told her to call 911 and identified myself as an ICU nurse. My phone was dead so I couldn't make the call and further, I didn't want her to face the shock of what she was likely to run up on.

    Fortunately there had been only one occupant of the car. He was attempting to get up and look for his cell phone. Shock does strange things to people's sense of priorities.

    He was able to converse with me. After my initial assessment I tried to keep him talking to keep his attention from wanting to get up, while I held pressure on the worst two of the bleeders and we waited for the ambulance.

    I asked him if he fell asleep at the wheel. He said he hadn't, that he was reaching down into the passenger floorboard for something and that when he raised up he saw he was approaching me too fast and over corrected.

    Medics arrived, took over my pressure dressings, put him on a backboard and flew him out.

    I'm not going to catalog the list of injuries. This will be a life changing event for him.

    It could have been avoided entirely by more diligent attention.

    It could have been vastly decreased by the use of seat belts. There's plenty of room in the mangled wreckage of his car to have remained ininjured.

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    Very lucky to walk away. Murphy seems to have a way with involuntary exiteers and cars crushing them.
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    God bless you for helping. This is why, while legal, I try not to drive my deuce on the main interstate here. At best, I'm going 15 MPH less than almost everyone.
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    Walk away? I'm confused.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valence View Post
    God bless you for helping. This is why, while legal, I try not to drive my deuce on the main interstate here. At best I'm going 15 MPH less than almost everyone.
    This area was 65mph, so I was only about 5 under. The other car was well over.

    I frequently run flashers at night if I'm 15mph under the speed limit. Although not precisely legal, it strikes me as best-practice.

    I got pulled over once and the cop asked me why I had my flashers on. I told him, "I'm in a large heavy vehicle that is by its nature designed to be difficult to see, driving 15-20 mph less than what people expect. Anything I can do to be more conspicuous seems to me to be a step to the good."

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    Well, carried away with a pulse.


    Thanks for looking at for him.
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    Sunroofs are like vacuum cleaners, when cars begin to roll. I don't know why but I've seen more people "exit the vehicle" via them then any other window. He's extremely lucky you were there to apply pressure and control his movements. Too often individuals, in shock, wander off and get struck by passing vehicles or are difficult for EMTs to locate and quickly render aid to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98G View Post
    Walk away? I'm confused.....
    I mistook attempting to get up to look for phone as ambulatory.
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    People don't often understand how much force is involved with an impact or how high the centrifugal force is in a roll. Between the impact and those forces and with shock on top of it what people will do...or try to do is very eye opening.
    Glad to hear that you were unhurt and able to help. Hard lesson learned.

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