Drunk driver totaled my car, then ran
September 10, 2019 11:53pm CST
On August 31st, my friend (RGD) was hit by a drunk driver in my car...twice. Thankfully, he was not killed or injured. It was about 9:00 p.m. and RGD was getting ready to make a left turn into the street two blocks from his home, after the oncoming traffic was cleared. He had taken his foot off of the brake pedal and the truck came up behind him, hitting him and pushing him toward the right side of the lane, against the guard rail. Then, there was a second impact, as if the driver of the truck might have slammed on the brakes, but hit the accelerator instead. Or maybe he did it purposely (?). Once they were both stopped, RGD and the driver of the 4x4 truck got out of their prospective vehicles. RGD said that the other guy was obviously very drunk, and came where the vehicles had hit to look at the damage and said something, though it was completely incoherent. He turned around to go back to the cab of his truck. RGD thought he was going to get his license and other documents. The driver got into his truck, backed up, and sped off. A hit and run. It is likely that his airbags activated, and he drove off with them like that. RGD was so stunned that he did not think to take out his phone to get a photo of the truck, the driver, or the license plate. It took the State Police over 30 minutes to arrive on the scene. The tow truck driver that picked up my vehicle stayed there until all was over. I'm not sure if RGD walked the two blocks home or if the tow driver dropped him off. RGD went to clear the vehicle out of all the property, but because it was in my name, even though he had the right to drive it, I needed to sign all the paperwork to clear it out. I went back with him last Wednesday. Once I saw the vehicle, I instantly wept. It was much worse than I had imagined. I did not weep for the vehicle, but for the realization of just how lucky RGD was not to have been hurt at all. As well, if the drunk driver had hit him just a little more to the left, based on how damaged the car ended up, there might have been a much different outcome. Tragically, there are many people who are killed or hurt in these situations. In this case, it is a hit and run, and the responsible party will likely never be held accountable for his actions. But I am glad that RGD is okay. I am also glad that he was driving my 2004 Chevy Malibu. It was always a sound car. I bought it new and it was an excellent car, even with the 165,000 miles on it. I miss those heated seats already! Had he been driving the Nissan Versa (which I am driving until we figure out my insurance and the settlement from them since we cannot go after the driver's insurance, if he had any), or his small pickup truck, there is no telling what might have happened. Photo is my own.
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What a shame he could not take a photo of the 4x4 truck. The police took a very long time to get there, no way that they could get the truck after half an hour. I have to remember to replace the camera in the car... you never know. I hope the insurance will pay for the damages. I know that they do not give a lot for old cars, the actual value of your car.
• United States
I doubt that they will offer much more than $1500 or $2000, even though it was in very good condition and well-maintained. In April, I spent $800 for new brakes on it, and last December put new tires on it. The engine and other systems were all in good shape, and I expected to have it a couple more years and get it to the 200K miles mark. I am going to try to negotiate with them to the $4000 level. I think I can make that case, so of course will come in higher to come down to $4000. My guess is that we will likely settle on $3000-3500.
• Palisade, Colorado
Thank goodness RGD is still with us. I hope some day that they find that driver and makes him pay for what he did. That is a lot of damage. I know how well those Chevy Malibu's were back then. Two years ago I lost my 2003 Chevy Malibu. It broke my heart because like you, we knew how good those vehicles were. God bless both of you.
• United States
@wolfgirl569 the only other time I saw a car like that was my own that had fewer than five thousand miles on it when it was totaled. The next day if one I saw it spook the heck out of me. I'm surprised I didn't die. I did have some bruising and soreness. But there wasn't one window in my van that was not damaged except for the windshield. All the rest were broken out.
• Rupert, Idaho
@TheSojourner Yes that is incredible, for sure. I can understand, I would be upset with that as well. I remember being in an accident a few years ago and our car got totaled....I don't know what I would have done if it would have been a hit and run. So I am sorry that the person did that!