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Old 07-11-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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My Chevy Camaro vs. Tree

As reported on homepage.

I have been reading posts on Camaro5 for a very long time now. I thought I would finally register so I could share some pics of what's left of my Camaro after hitting a tree. The accident occurred one day after picking up my black 2SS/RS from the dealer.

Broke my back, both of my wrists, my ankle, and suffered a concussion. I guess I'm just glad I'm alive.

Unfortunately, we don't know for sure since I had a concussion. It happened in the middle of the day when I was driving my Camaro and my girlfriend was a couple miles behind following me in my old Trailblazer. We were taking the Trailblazer to my mother since she had purchased it from me.

I'm glad I'm alive and very thankful nobody else was hurt. I spent two weeks in the hospital, but at least now I get to lay in a hospital bed at home, rather than at the hospital, and have a lot of people that are taking very good care of me. I do miss my car though, I was looking forward to one hell of a summer.

I really wish I didn't suffer a concussion so I could remember. All I will probably ever have is theories at this point as apparently nobody witnessed the accident. I can tell you for sure that I wasn't getting on it, or drunk, etc. Possibly I fell asleep or swerved to miss something, but I don't think I will ever know. The car was brand new and I refused to drive it hard while I was breaking in the engine. Shoot, I didn't even go over the speed limit when I was out on the interstate.

I am definitely thankful for all the airbags the car is equipped with, as this likely prevented more severe injuries.


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Old 07-11-2009, 10:15 AM   #2
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:21 AM   #3
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Broke my back, both of my wrists, my ankle, and suffered a concussion. I guess I'm just glad I'm alive.
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:24 AM   #4
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Broke my back, both of my wrists, my ankle, and suffered a concussion. I guess I'm just glad I'm alive.
It looks like a total loss, good thing you're not. How did this happen?
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
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Unfortunately, we don't know for sure since I had a concussion. It happened in the middle of the day when I was driving my Camaro and my girlfriend was a couple miles behind following me in my old Trailblazer. We were taking the Trailblazer to my mother since she had purchased it from me.
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:41 AM   #6
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If you were knocked out, you may never know what happened. I nailed a pole in 1976 with my '72 Monte Carlo. Was unconscious for 3 days, hospital for 10 days, broken jaw, etc etc. To this day, 33 years later, I have no memory of the accident, or how it happened. Luckily I was alone as the engine was in the passenger side front seat.

Sorry for your loss, at least your alive!!
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Broke my back, both of my wrists, my ankle, and suffered a concussion. I guess I'm just glad I'm alive.
wow..Thank God you're alive
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:46 AM   #8
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So that was your car ... very sorry to hear about that, but at least for the main part you are okay. It's not easy having a broken back, broke mine early this year snowboarding and it took a good 8 weeks for me to recover, but its not quite the same.

Insurance should take care of the car.

Do you mind me asking what happend to cause you to hit the tree? Did you loose control, tried avoiding something or someone, or just poor conditions?

This will be my first time driving a car with this much power, the previous was an M3 with 333hp and a fair bit of pick up. Just worried about the back breaking loose and having full control. Will be taking it easy for the first few months and nothing stupid on public roads.
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:51 AM   #9
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We saw you pix posted a week or two ago...

and were wondering what and how this happened. But ONE DAY AFTER DELIVERY - O M G !!! Your girlfriend must have had a heart attack when she came upon the wreck.
Sorry for your loss and hope you have a complete recovery.

Looks like (again) the strength and intergrity of this car is a life saver....
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:51 AM   #10
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If you were knocked out, you may never know what happened. I nailed a pole in 1976 with my '72 Monte Carlo. Was unconscious for 3 days, hospital for 10 days, broken jaw, etc etc. To this day, 33 years later, I have no memory of the accident, or how it happened. Luckily I was alone as the engine was in the passenger side front seat.

Sorry for your loss, at least your alive!!
I'm glad I'm alive and very thankful nobody else was hurt. I spent two weeks in the hospital, but at least now I get to lay in a hospital bed at home, rather than at the hospital, and have a lot of people that are taking very good care of me. I do miss my car though, I was looking forward to one hell of a summer.
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:51 AM   #11
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Wow. That is impressive. Sorry about the car. But be very very happy you were able to post the pics today. That looks like it could have been a lot worse for you. Hope you fully recover from all of your injuries.
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My God man! Glad to hear you survived.
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Old 07-11-2009, 10:58 AM   #13
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As it was previously stated we say the photos a few weeks ago. Almost a 100 posts of speculation of your age, what happened, etc, etc...

Can you tell us how you lost control to hit the tree?
Glad to hear your okay.

Now that we found out everyone is okay we love to hear the "rest of the story"
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:27 AM   #14
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I really wish I didn't suffer a concussion so I could remember. All I will probably ever have is theories at this point as apparently nobody witnessed the accident. I can tell you for sure that I wasn't getting on it, or drunk, etc. Possibly I fell asleep or swerved to miss something, but I don't think I will ever know. The car was brand new and I refused to drive it hard while I was breaking in the engine. Shoot, I didn't even go over the speed limit when I was out on the interstate.

I am definitely thankful for all the airbags the car is equipped with, as this likely prevented more severe injuries.
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