Hit And Dumb

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So I am driving up I-25 in Denver around a blind curve, and there is a work truck stopped in the middle of an open lane, on the wrong side of the cones. I hit my brakes and started to slide left to get out of the way of any tailgaters, and BAM I get hit by a pickup truck doing probably doing 25 MPH over the speed limit. My car left skid marks 25 feet long from being pushed by the collision.

The scumbag in the pickup drove off, but fortunately there was a witness who called the police. Hopefully he will be spending lots of time at Penn State (or some combination of those words) with the other criminals. I assume he was drunk or stoned and didn’t want anyone to find out. Did he really think he was going to get away with it?

My $2000 Craigslist 1998 Isuzu Rodeo suffered amazingly little damage, and I was able to drive home after deflating the spare tire which was jammed behind the drive shaft. The pickup truck left lots of parts on the road, and a little mousy 18 year old girl was “driving” the work vehicle parked in the middle of the Interstate on the wrong side of the orange cones.

Two weeks ago, one of my windows was shattered on I-25 in Denver when someone threw a rock from the side of the road.

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16 Responses to Hit And Dumb

  1. Glad to hear you are fine.

  2. It’s good to hear you are ok, Tony. Metal is easier to fix or replace.

  3. 1saveenergy says:

    There’s a 97% certainty it was caused by global warming addling her brain !!!
    (but the 3% paranoid conspiracy theory bit of me thinks it was an assassination attempt by BIG GREEN)

    Glad you’re OK

    • John Silver says:

      Pickup trucks don’t have brakes to match their moving mass.

      • gator69 says:

        Cars don’t have mass to match their breaks. 😉

      • Anthony S says:

        That is unfortunately something I learned personally when the brake lines on my dad’s truck exploded going down a big hill.


      • Gail Combs says:

        It is not the ” brakes to match their moving mass” it is the light rear end of a pick-up that means very little traction on the rear tires if you are not carrying a load. If you have a light rear end or worse are pulling a trailer without brakes you could easily find the vehicle has done a 180 and you are now facing backwards especially when braking going down a hill.

        If you drive a pick-up and you have any brains you make DARN SURE you do not tailgate. (We have five pick-ups and no cars. Three are attached to trailers most of the time.)

        • John Silver says:

          Some load on the bed, some passengers, in a couple of years old truck with worn brakes, worn tires; you can easily double or triple your ideal breaking distance.

        • Gail Combs says:

          John, That is why I am very very picky about the condition of my brakes. Also my Trucks are all twenty two years old or older.

  4. Robertv says:

    Without some luck nobody would live to be a 100 years young.

    A hit from behind on your bike is much more complicated to survive. That’s why I always try to go faster than the cars.

  5. omanuel says:

    Glad you weren’t on your bike!

  6. Dan_Kurt says:


    Let us know the follow up of the police investigation.

    Dan Kurt

  7. Dave1billion says:

    Well, here I go being politically incorrect and spouting my knee-jerk reaction.

    What are the chances that the person that hit Tony is an “undocumented” visitor?

    I don’t overly fault the truck for the rear end collision. We’ve all had moments where we just don’t pay as much attention as we need to. It only takes a second of inattention. That’s why I always try to leave a lot of space between me and the car ahead of me.

    But driving off after rear-ending someone absolutely changes things. I really hope they get the person.

  8. kmbold says:

    Must be hard for you not to succumb to despair of your fellow man/person. Rejoice! You survived another close call. You are being saved for better days.

  9. Marsh says:

    Glad you came away uninjured Tony. My car was smashed badly whilst parked beside the road.
    I can relate to that type of injustice,,, plus the repair trouble that follows…

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