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Old 01-20-2013, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Managed to total my red NA

I was cruising down the highway at around 55 MPH and a 2007 Kenworth towing a low boy trailer crossed the highway right as the sun happened to blind me. By the time I saw him I was literally so close I couldn't even see the entire truck.

A woman who witnessed the accident reported to the highway patrol that she didn't see the truck either until she put her sun visor down.

The official report stated the accident resulted from failure of the Kenworth driver to yield, I hope the driver isn't suffering mentally as a result of the accident.










And just to brighten the mood, here's a humorous comic someone on Facebook made portraying the events.



I fractured the socket of my left hip, my left cheek bone, my maxilla (upper jaw), fractured my nose in two places and fractured my left orbital socket severely. Due to the damage to the orbital socket, I've lost most control of my left eye for now. I was admitted to OU Medical Center in OKC Thursday January 17th around 7 PM and was released around 4 PM Saturday January 18th after it was determined my hip wouldn't require surgery to heal. I expected to be there for a week, but was out 23 hours after the accident. I go back Tuesday January 22nd to have my entire face reconstructed using plates and hopefully get my eye straightened out. It'll take around three months for my hip to heal.

Hopefully by the time I'm healed up I'll be able to get a red or black GXP if I can afford it. I loved my Solstice too much to not get another one.

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow that suck dude. Hope you get to feeling better.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry, but glad you survived. The safety systems worked. Good luck getting the new GXP
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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WOW, sorry for your loss, pain and suffering. Where did the collision occur in relation to the truck? At the rear of the prime mover or rear of trailer? It is amazing that our little cars can fair so well against the largest on the road. I truely wish you well.

That is why I hate most truck drivers....they EXPECT us to avoid them. They pull out in front of us and cut us off on the interstate at the last moment becasue they CAN and becasue they are bigger. I know there are many great truck drivers and have ridden with a few, but too many are elitest drivers with no care for others because they are at work.

I do not want this to turn into a bashing thread either (either against me or truckers). I only stated this because the OP stated it. None of us would blantantly hit a semi becasue he was wrong, we all know to expect it and defensively prepare for their actions.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Get well fast, that's the most important part of the whole thing. It looks like the car did its part in helping you survive, and it can be (fairly) easily replaced.

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Old 01-20-2013, 11:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Dude, I don't know which looks worse, you or the Sol. Glad you're on the mend and that you'll make a full recovery. Looks like they had to pry you out of the car.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The most important thing is that you survived. And it sounds like reconstruction surgery will go well. Recovery will take a while, don't push it. Just listen to the Doctors, follow their instructions and everything will work out.

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow! Sorry to hear. Good luck with the recovery and search for a new Sol.
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You tangled with a Kenworth and lived. This says something for the crash worthiness of the vehicle.

Take advantage of the recovery process and get on with with the fix up.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree with DuckSol - wow! And ouch! Glad you lived to see another day! Feel better soon!
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Hope you fully recover and there are no other health issues because of this accident.
Take the time to take care of your recovery the car and everything else can wait.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hey guys, want to apologize for posting this in the Coupe forum. Between the painkillers and having lost my glasses in wreck, I'm not doing so good when it comes to navigating the internet. If a moderator wants to move this to the correct area of the site, that would be great. I want to state that I wasn't intentionally trying to get attention by posting a wreck in the Coupe forum.

Sorry again for the inconvenience.

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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And yeah, they had to cut me out of the car. Luckily I always have the top down on my car unless it drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and it happened to be in the 50s. I think having the top down may have helped them pull me out.

I've been told that there is a pretty big dent in the metal windshield frame that is likely where my orbital socket and cheek made contact.

I honestly think that if the semi hadn't been towing a low boy trailer, I would have been decapitated.

If and when I get another Solstice, I've decided this emblem is going on the car to remind me just how lucky I am to be driving another Solstice.

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:00 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Where did the collision occur in relation to the truck? At the rear of the prime mover or rear of trailer?
From what I can remember during the split second before the impact (which isn't much), I think I hit the truck around the rear axle of the trailer. I know I hit the trailer though.
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