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Oldest son's life was likely saved by car design
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Posted by MI-Roger [Email] (#882) [Profile/Gallery] (more from MI-Roger) on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:13:26 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: What struck me was the hood height, Craig, Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:33:26
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Honda used to advertise the pedestrian friendly design features of their cars. Our son is living testimony to that.

Twelve years ago he was crossing a street in Miami (actually Coral Gables) on the green signal and in the crosswalk when a Civic being driven by a distracted driver hit him. He was actually standing in the cross-hatched "Safe Zone" surrounding the center median which the young female operator drove right through while making a sweeping left turn from a side street, against the light and while lighting her cigarette. He braced himself against the hood with his hands when she struck him and went face first through the windshield into the passenger compartment.

When the Officers arrived they attempted to write him a ticket for being an unbelted passenger in the car! She was never ticketed because the young horn-dog trainee cadet was too busy making time with the crying driver!

My son walked into the ambulance while the Civic had to be towed away from the accident site.

Broken glasses, one slightly chipped tooth, one toe that may have been broken, and LOTS of shallow abrasions on his face, legs and feet (Miami; shorts, sandals, and a sleeveless T-shirt) were the extent of his injuries.

I am forever grateful to the Honda designers who had the foresight to design pedestrian friendly front ends on their cars. Amazingly, without the need for high belt-lines and blunt front ends.

The photo below was taken 1-1/2 years later, again in Miami, while cruising the clubs of South Beach with friends. He is on the right. No visible damage although he hates crossing streets to this day.



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