This February, a coworker experienced something similar. She lives out in the country, at a bend at the bottom of a hill. Five cars belonging to her, her son, her daughter, and son-law where in her driveway one night, and a driver came barreling down the hill, missed the turn, bounded over the lawn and total all five cars!
The offending car had a husband and wife in it. The wife said she was driving and had hit some ice. My friend checked, and there was no ice there. The husband also look a bit inebriated, and the woman did no look as if she really had been driving.
And to top it all off, my friend's insurance company refused to pay the proper blue-book value for her totaled car, so she's having to sue them for reimbursement. Six months later, and it's still not resolved...
My assumption is that his car did not get hit. I took it to mean that when he said he parked somewhere else, it was in the back of the building or on another street. I think this is a fairly safe assumption, given the fact that he had just bought a new car that morning. He pointed out what happened to the car that was parked in his spot so I think if his brand-new car got hit, he would have said so.
That's so unfair. I've always been afraid of something like that happening, which is why I always pony up for gap insurance. So far I've never needed it, but I'd hate to have to pay on a car that I don't even have anymore.
I'm curious as to what the insurance company uses to determine the value of a totaled out vehicle. I totaled my car a few years ago and not only did they pay off 100% of my loan they cut me a check for just over $1000 because the car was actually worth more than I owed.
Ouch. And I feel for that moron's poor dog, can you imagine going through a windshield?
I get the impression also that this clown crashed several times, and continued on his merry way until either he passed out, got knocked out, or his car absolutely could not move any more (probably the case, the final crash seems to have affected the engine block). Note that several cars in the trail of destruction seem to have been rear-ended almost full-on, which would stop the car from moving further; also the comment on the black Nissan (I think) that it had been rammed several times. Which just adds to the lunacy of it all, I'd have thought after one crash, you'd stop driving any further.
One instance where (a) I hope he does some serious time, and (b) they revoke his licence permanently. Around here, just about any drunk-driving offence, even where no one gets hurt, will get you time. Dunno about you folks?
It's too bad the driver didn't go thru the windshield. Think about it. EVERYONE knows not to drive drunk. I think he should be charged with attempted murder. If I stood in the middle of the road and fired a gun down the street, SWAT would be there to take me out. How much more damage can a 3000+ lbs SUV cause?