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  #2434975 9-Mar-2020 12:40
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Linuxluver:

 

My Tesla Model 3 was almost certainly written off yesterday by a speeding driver off his face on P. 

I was crossing the one-lane bridge over the Whangaparoa River at Cape Runaway on the East Cape.....and the guy roared onto the bridge without checking....and then didn't stop. He just smashed past me. We weren't injured at all.....it was a glancing hit.....but the side of the car was crumpled / shredded like tin foil. 

I managed to just get my car off the bridge despite some serious damage to me rear left wheel. I looked back and saw the guy running away down the highway. A while later, after calling the AA with help from a local, we saw a bus go by and the owner of the bus in hot pursuit. The guy who hit my car had gone onto a nearby property and stolen an old bus the owner had been working on. So several vehicles chased the bus down the highway and the theif then drove it off the road into a paddock and it got stuck. He ran off, but they chased him down and caught him. He was then arrested and taken away. 

But my car is stuffed, I think. It's only 4 months old. 



Here's a merged video from the 4 TeslaCams. Front / back left and right. Watch the rear camera after the guy hits me......




 

 

 

 

Man! That's really bad. Glad you are in one piece.

 

 

 

And of course it's your own insurance that will get the hit (and thus probably your finances later) not his because we still allow uninsured drivers.






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  #2434984 9-Mar-2020 13:01
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Geektastic:

 

Linuxluver:

 

My Tesla Model 3 was almost certainly written off yesterday by a speeding driver off his face on P. 

I was crossing the one-lane bridge over the Whangaparoa River at Cape Runaway on the East Cape.....and the guy roared onto the bridge without checking....and then didn't stop. He just smashed past me. We weren't injured at all.....it was a glancing hit.....but the side of the car was crumpled / shredded like tin foil. 

I managed to just get my car off the bridge despite some serious damage to me rear left wheel. I looked back and saw the guy running away down the highway. A while later, after calling the AA with help from a local, we saw a bus go by and the owner of the bus in hot pursuit. The guy who hit my car had gone onto a nearby property and stolen an old bus the owner had been working on. So several vehicles chased the bus down the highway and the theif then drove it off the road into a paddock and it got stuck. He ran off, but they chased him down and caught him. He was then arrested and taken away. 

But my car is stuffed, I think. It's only 4 months old. 


Here's a merged video from the 4 TeslaCams. Front / back left and right. Watch the rear camera after the guy hits me......


 

Man! That's really bad. Glad you are in one piece.

 

And of course it's your own insurance that will get the hit (and thus probably your finances later) not his because we still allow uninsured drivers.

 

 

Indeed they are, although if the driver was intoxicated / committing criminal acts, any insurer will wash their hands of the driver anyway.

 

Glad you're ok Linuxluver, and hopefully you're back on the road as soon as.





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  #2435717 10-Mar-2020 14:48
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Linuxluver:

 

My Tesla Model 3 was almost certainly written off yesterday by a speeding driver off his face on P. 

 

 

 

 

Sorry for your loss. I'm gutted for you.

 

This might have played out a bit differently if you had the Cybertruck instead 😈




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  #2435730 10-Mar-2020 15:07
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Linuxluver:

 

My Tesla Model 3 was almost certainly written off yesterday by a speeding driver off his face on P. 

 

I only just saw this but want to add my commiseration. That is a lousy thing to have happen with a new car, especially one like that. Glad you are okay, sorry the Tesla isn't. How long will you have to wait for a replacement?

 

 





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  #2435745 10-Mar-2020 15:34
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Technofreak:At least they should have a licence plate number to work with if they weren't able to stop him immediately.

 

 

Linuxluver:[snip] He ran off, but they chased him down and caught him. He was then arrested and taken away.

 

 

Got him!


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  #2435807 10-Mar-2020 16:45
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Rikkitic:

Linuxluver:


My Tesla Model 3 was almost certainly written off yesterday by a speeding driver off his face on P. 


I only just saw this but want to add my commiseration. That is a lousy thing to have happen with a new car, especially one like that. Glad you are okay, sorry the Tesla isn't. How long will you have to wait for a replacement?


 



Thanks. :-)

AA Insurance called today to say the assessor will be looking at it soon. So basically, they acknowledge the claim and nothing has been done yet. I couldn't email the files to them and they say they can't access my Dropbox link. So I've sent them YouTube links to unlisted videos.

This feels like it might be slow. Repair or replace, I don't know yet. In the meantime, I'll look at getting my LEAF back from the Drive EV in Taupo. Steve Greenwood was going to sell it for me.




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  #2435810 10-Mar-2020 16:48
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Dairyxox:

Sorry for your loss. I'm gutted for you.


This might have played out a bit differently if you had the Cybertruck instead 😈



Thanks! I've got a Cybertrk on pre-order, but they are huge. I'll see what they eventually make.




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  #2435820 10-Mar-2020 17:04
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Linuxluver:
Dairyxox:

 

Sorry for your loss. I'm gutted for you.

 

 

 

This might have played out a bit differently if you had the Cybertruck instead 😈

 



Thanks! I've got a Cybertrk on pre-order, but they are huge. I'll see what they eventually make.

 

 

 

Goodness me, that looked nasty. I guess the only thing I can say was at least it wasn't a head on. 


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  #2435828 10-Mar-2020 17:12
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mudguard:

Goodness me, that looked nasty. I guess the only thing I can say was at least it wasn't a head on. 



I really wanted to avoid a head-on. Yep.

Had I known he wasn't going to slow down I would have stopped and started reversing. I wasn't going very fast. But, as you do, I thought he'd have a look and then stop. Like a normal person.




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  #2435847 10-Mar-2020 17:39
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The line in red is the trajectory of the idiot I just witnessed on the way home.

 

The blue line represents the line of traffic I was in waiting to turn right. This clown clearly didn't want to wait at the give way to turn left, followed by another wait to turn right, so he just decided to tear down the slip road and mount the humped grass verge. The black circle marks where he got some serious airtime, then he proceeded to cut around the line of traffic waiting to turn right/north then took off at a huge rate. 

 

 

Due to heavy traffic I eventually caught up and managed to get a photo of his plate while he was stopped at a roundabout, but when he realised what I was doing he pulled out into oncoming traffic, sped off, and overtook the cars in front. At that time I just let him go and filed a police report when I got home. Of course nothing will happen... I couldn't call *555 as my phone didn't sync to my bluetooth in the car for some reason.


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  #2435916 10-Mar-2020 19:28
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@Wheelbarrow1 - Sounds like meth.....




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  #2435929 10-Mar-2020 20:02
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Sounds like something the Duke Boys in Dukes of Hazzard would do. Lucky you weren't in line for any direct hit.


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  #2436110 11-Mar-2020 08:10
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I feel that for both the previous instances, call 111 rather than *555.  Both of those cases are putting lives in immediate danger so it warrants a 111 call.

 

*555 is more for non urgent reports.





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@geoffwnz - I called 111. Yep.




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  #2436194 11-Mar-2020 10:18
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Linuxluver: @geoffwnz - I called 111. Yep.

 

 

 

Its probably fortunate he did scarper after your accident. If he was high on something, the last thing you would have wanted to do is approach him. The damage to your car can be repaired (or replaced), the damage he may have done you, not so easily fixed.

 

Not so much a muppet in this case, but a danger to society.





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