Re: [DML] The COMPLETE DeLorean crash test videos, report and more.
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Re: [DML] The COMPLETE DeLorean crash test videos, report and more.

Yes. A state Trooper pulled me over while driving my D near Gutenberg 
Iowa (many years ago). He was doing accident reconstruction regarding a 
DeLorean driver that was killed and had some questions.

The oncoming car was in the DeLorean's lane so he went left (Don't do 
that... go for the ditch because of what follows). The oncoming car 
compensated and tried to return to their lane. Consequently the D tried 
to go right. The oncoming car hit the D in the side killing the driver ( 
a barge captain as I recall).

I mention to the trooper that the Gullwing doors were supposed to 
provide additional side impact protection. He replied that side impact 
fatalities are not usually caused by physical damage from the crumpling 
door or other car but rather that the neck snaps from the side impact. 
Think of your head as a bowling ball on a spring... as the car is 
impacted the head takes a different trajectory than the body and you 
cannot control it. That is why side airbags are useful. Partially to 
keep you from hitting the side of the car and partially to cushion the 
head movement to the side on a side impact.


Michael Griese wrote , ----On 3/21/2012 11:36 PM 
> I think you missed the point. The question was has anyone died IN a 
> DeLorean,
> not because they got hit by one.
> --
> Mike
> ________________________________
> From: "cbl302@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <>" 
> <cbl302@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <>>
> To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <>
> Sent: Wed, March 21, 2012 11:19:19 PM
> Subject: Re: [DML] The COMPLETE DeLorean crash test videos, report and 
> more.
> Yes... there was a Death caused by a Delorean...But it was because of 
> a safety
> issue with a Delorean
> I bought THE delorean that caused the safety recall for the ball 
> joints (as a
> parts car)
> It caused a innocent death of a young lady..when that Delorean had a 
> Ball joint
> failure at High speed and lost control and went into the oncoming 
> lanes on the
> Massachusetts Turnpike causing the Delorean to crash into a Toyota and 
> killing
> the young lady.I was not there I did a investigation on that delorean 
> and got
> first hand info from the Insurance Company who did the pay I 
> wanted to
> originally fix it since it only had 2000 original miles when I got it 
> in 1983.
> The dash vin plate was destroyed by the Ins.Company and it was 
> designated as a
> car to be destroyed or used as a parts car only...the title was 
> Destroyed..even
> tho this was a NEW Delorean...since the ins. company paid out millions 
> to the
> Heirs of the young lady and because of the investigation on the ball 
> joint
> failure.... It was determined that this car was too risky to be put 
> back on the
> road..I am assuming somewhere at DMC there is or there was a file on this
> case/car...since this was a BRAND NEW Delorean at the time of the ball 
> joint
> failure..(it was titled for less than a month from a DMC dealership)
> I am Not sure on the outcome of the driver of the Delorean or of his 
> or her
> passenger(if any)but like most head-on crashes..the driver who 
> instigates it
> usually survives it..or maybe not..I never found out.
> Claude
> 1024
> bric
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


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