[DML] The Final Voyage of #10115
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[DML] The Final Voyage of #10115

I may know more about Louie's accident than anybody other than Louie himself. He has described the accident in great detail during our many road trips together. 

We stayed up late the night before putting his car back together (another instance where I *DO* travel to other owners' houses to help them in person). The next morning (Monday) he was driving from Sanford back to UNC Charlotte. He was on a 2 lane road when the drunk in the Cadillac (1981 model IIRC) drove off the right side of the road, over corrected, then crossed the center line where #10115 was still traveling straight ahead. The Cadillac was at a angle to Louie when it contacted him just behind the front wheel. The Cadillac continued to impact #10115 the rest of the way down the driver's side of the car as it spun Louie around. Both cars came to rest pointed in the same direction. Driver's door was of course unopenable. Louie climbed over the console, where he found the passenger door jambed as well. That was the scariest part of the whole accident for him -- realizing he was trapped in the car. Eventually he climbed out the broken driver's side window. 

Louie's report of damage to the Cadillac is consistent with my own experience: basically the front fender (I'm sure the header panel was cracked as well -- mine was). Had the other driver not been drunk he likely could have driven his car home. I did.

Original discussion of the incident is available in the archives, starting with Message #35514. I've looked through all my archives and can not find any my copies of the pictures he took. I know I downloaded them, so I will keep looking. 

Bill Robertson


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