Which saved my life? Civic Si or Physics?
I almost died today.....really. I didnt, but im having a hard time figuring out why not & why there was almost zero damage.
Driving home from work, i took a left in the far left lane of a 3 lane road. After turning left, i signaled & started getting in the middle lane. I dropped it into third and this honda crv decides he's going to come into the middle lane as well, see's me at the last second & pulls back. I had already started braking hard, so there was now a gap & he decides to swing over again. I dont brake this time, and force him to stay in the lane. (Merely by not braking again, nothing rude or stupid).
So, i move over to the right lane & he comes up blaring his horn & flashing his lights, and of course flipping be off. I return the favor with a jerk off motion, but stay put in the right lane. The crv ends up way ahead of me.
About 2 minutes later the far left lane opens up all the way down, so i signal & cross over, dropping the hammer in the process. (my mistake). The crv is in the middle lane and as i am passing him,(not before, i mean i am next to the guy) he swerves over into my lane. If i hadnt moved he would have sideswiped me. Knee jerk reaction was to pull left and brake. Didnt work out so well. Drive by wire plus snow tires = me overcompensating big time. I managed to get away from the left curb, but lost traction and slid towards the right curb, overcut & slid back left with too little distance to the median to gain control. I met the median with my front tires first, car was almost parallel, tires were pointing right. (median is 6-8 feet wide concrete with dirt filler), slid past a relflector by millimeters, rear tires came up on the median, i was still side ways at this point, so it was just tire that hit the concrete coming over. I was fast approaching a light pole which i was quite sure would end my Si (& possibly driving) days for good.
Somehow enough traction or gravity or God came into play, & i was suddenly off the median, on the opposite side of the road, facing the wrong way.
By the time the dust settled (literally), the crv was gone & i was facing alot of pissed off cars. Amazingly i couldnt find anything wrong with the car.
So i moved it & parked at a church which happened to be at the intersection where this happened, called the police & inspected for damage.
here is what i found:
Curb rash on the back left rim
Small rocks in between front rim lips & tires.
Bent the pass towhook up 1/4 inch.
Very slight misalignment.
A butt ton of dirt inside the car (windows down, sunroof open)
Denver police are useless w/o video footage.
Thats it. If you were to look at the car now, you would never know what happened. I should have flipped, i should have broke a rim & ruined the suspension, i should have been nailed by the oncoming truck, i really should have hit the reflector & the light pole. She's going to honda tomorrow just to be safe, but there is no contact patches underneath. I didnt even scrape the bottom of the friggin bumper!!!
Any brainiacs out there know the odds off taking a curb, shooting in between two poles & into incoming traffic without taking damage? I believe i beat all odds there.
Im going back out tomorrow to take pics, the idiot who tried to kill me left the base at the same time, i know what he drives & what he looks like. I will find him and we will have a talk. But its too dark now for photo's. I will post em up if anyone is interested.
But man, the Si can take a beating!!!!
Oh yeah? Well im gonna stick a twin turbo wankel rotary in the trunk and spank all yall!