Roses forum: Horrible Friday for me.

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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Jun 28, 2010 10:18 AM CST
On Fri, 6/25, got a call from DH. Figured that he was just telling me that he had to go downtown to his company's data center or something like that. No, instead, I get an incoherent mumbling that he got into an accident. He doesn't know if he's bleeding (I asked), he doesn't know if he's got broken bones (I asked), he doesn't know where he's at (I asked), he just knows that he got hit. So I have him ask someone, anyone, where is he? He tells me the cross streets, which, on the best of days, is still 1/2 an hour away from where I'm at when I'm at work. I told him that I'll be there, hang tight, call 911, and I'll be there in 1/2 hour.

On a Friday afternoon.
During rush hour.
On an intersection that I vaguely know where he's at. I'm not very good with downtown Denver.. too many one-way streets and streets that were built during horse & buggy time, so they're SUPER narrow because everyone parks on the side of the road, plus all the trees are overgrown, so they block stop & street signs.

Yea, right.

Actually, took me 27 minutes. Had to cut down some side roads as I25 was blocked, Colorado Blvd was backed up for miles, Broadway is half closed for construction.. GAH!! not to mention I just don't KNOW that area very well.

Got to the intersection finally. Found DH sitting on the grass on the corner, looking like he was going to cry (which I do encourage) and the car being fought up the flatbed of a tow truck. I'm leaving the pictures super big so hopefully they'll enlarge nicely.


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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
Jun 28, 2010 10:19 AM CST
Here's the tow-truck driver trying to get the window to roll up. Won't go up. I cut out my reflection.. don't need to be scaring anyone.

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
Jun 28, 2010 10:21 AM CST
Here's the tire. You can see some kind of liquid (brake fluid?) leaking out.

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
Jun 28, 2010 10:23 AM CST
This is from the front. This was a Scion xB 2006. This was the very first new car DH & I had ever owned.. we'd always had used/hand-me-downs. Had to actually special order this one, came directly from Japan w/our customizations (extra heavy-duty stability bars, fancy stereo/subwoofer, etc)! You can see just how badly the front tire is crushed in. :(

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Skiekitty
Jun 28, 2010 10:36 AM CST
From the rear.. you can see how the door is actually caved in.

All and all, we're lucky. John (my DH) walked away. The car did it's job: it saved his life and he walked away. I can't ask for anything more than that, seriously.

Yes, he got a ticket for failure to yield to oncoming traffic. The officer was nice and didn't give him a "failure to obey traffic sign", which was a worse ticket. We have to go to court on 8/6 (of course down town.. I HATE downtown). The vehicle that technically hit him (because he ran the stop sign and went right in front of them) was a '98 Chevy Silverado. Detroit steel vs. Japanese origami. But, John walked away. I'm very grateful for that.

Hopefully I'll hear back from my adjuster today to see if it's fixable or if it's toast. Personally, I've already spoken to 2 professionals, and based only upon the pictures, it's toast. Which is fitting, because the nickname of a '04-'06 xB is "the toaster". If it's toast, we're almost 100% paid off on this vehicle, so we won't be upside down on the loan. But, I was really looking forward to having it paid off. If it's fixable, we have a $750 deductible, and I know from past experience that the door alone is $1500 to replace (I almost accidentally ripped off the door w/an accident on some ice a few years ago).

Just some of MY excitement...

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jun 28, 2010 12:37 PM CST

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Toni, how terrifying that must have been, especially when he was disoriented and you didn't know the extent of his injuries. I'm glad it all turned out comparatively well.
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Calif_Sue
Jun 28, 2010 12:39 PM CST

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Awwww, so sorry to see this bad news, it's a scary thing to get that call. I got it last Dec. with my daughter. So glad to hear he is relatively OK, even if it's an emotional crush to have this happen. He'll probably feel bumped and bruised the next few days.
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GardenGuyAZ
Jun 28, 2010 1:35 PM CST
Ouch! So glad your husband was safe!

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
Jun 28, 2010 2:06 PM CST
Well, got some news from the adjuster. It needs to be towed to an actual body shop, but the initial damages are estimated at already over $4950. Ouch. Will find out hopefully tomorrow if it will be feasible to fix or not.
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Name: Steve
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Steve812
Jun 28, 2010 2:47 PM CST
Ouch. I do hate it when that happens. I got hit once by a truck that delivered bottled water; driver didn't bother to yield when turning left. I missed a telephone pole by about two inches. Auto accidents can be scary things. Glad to hear DH is okay.

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glevely
Jun 28, 2010 5:47 PM CST
Toni so glad DH is okay cars are replaceable loved ones are not hugs to both of you
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Name: aka GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
Andi
Jun 29, 2010 9:21 PM CST
I am glad that DH is feeling alright, but maybe he should go to a neurologist and get an MRI just in case. You never know with head injuries, especially if he was disorientated. Been there myself. As much as you loved the car, you are so lucky that you and your husband are alright, able to still work, and having to fight your insurance company only about the car, not about necessary medical procedures.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Skiekitty
Jul 7, 2010 12:43 PM CST
new update.. not so good news. Car's totaled. I'm waiting patiently (NAWT!) for the insurance adjuster to contact me (still, they're almost impossible to get in touch with and they give you hours like "Oh, we'll get to you between 8am and 5pm". WTH???) so we can go over how much the settlement is going to be. DH is 100% physically OK, no problems with him other than extreme depression (the car was almost 100% paid off, almost 2 years early). We've got a new car lined up, but can't take possession until I know how much the payoff is going to be, then I can put a down payment on the new car.

Here's the main shot of the car at the body shop.

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Jul 7, 2010 12:45 PM CST
From the front. According to the body shop, even the inside dash is bowed due to the actual impact. He suspects that if it'd been about 5-10 miles faster, there would have been bad medical damage done to DH. As it is, the car frame's bent, the two driver-side doors are damaged (driver's door is completely ruined), the runner board is broken, the fender is ruined, the hood's bent, the metal between the hood & the glass is buckled, front bumper is broken, and the main post that holds the strut/shock/spring thingie (technical terms, to be sure) is 100% broken.

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Jul 7, 2010 12:56 PM CST
Here's the picture of the post. You can see that it's 100% broken. :(

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Andi
Jul 10, 2010 6:09 AM CST
Well, at least DH is fine. That is what is most important.
Name: Suzanne
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Calif_Sue
Jul 10, 2010 8:46 AM CST

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'Ouch', those pics hurt, I bet emotionally they do for you too! At least, like Andi said, hubby is OK.
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