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My 2010 Tacoma totaled a drunk driver's 2002 Mercedes!

Discussion in 'Other Toyota Vehicles' started by PennSilverTaco, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. Mar 12, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    PennSilverTaco [OP] Encyclopedia of useless information...

    Mar 10, 2017
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    I just copy/pasted this story from TW. Figured you 4Runner guys would be interested in it too...

    Just read the story...

    I'd imagine the encounter would not have gone much better for the Benz driver if I'd been driving a 4Runner!

    Also, the most shocking part of this whole story is that the guy who hit me is a repeat offender. He killed somebody while driving drunk in 1980s (he was 70 when he hit me; would have been about 45 at the time of first DUI). He was convicted, did his time, and got his license back. I'm honestly glad that he did some easily repairable damage to my truck instead of nailing a pedestrian.

    A 70-year old snowbird from Florida in a 2002 Mercedes E320 made the dumb decision to drive drunk on a rainy Wednesday night. I had the misfortune of crossing paths with him at about 9pm right after I finished my shift at a pizzeria, where I'd taken a second job as a delivery driver to make some extra money. I stopped at a 3-way intersection with the intention of turning left. I signaled, looked both ways, and made the left. I probably should have waited a few more seconds, but it was dark and pouring rain. I could see part of the Benz's front end, but he was just sitting there, so I turned. Before I was all the way through the intersection, the moron decides to floor it, and he did this to my truck:

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    $2,600 in damage to my Tacoma, but his Benz had frame damage because he hit me so hard and was more than likely totaled...

    This happened at about 9pm on October 28, 2015. From July through November of that year, I worked as a pizza delivery driver to make some extra money. I had just finished my shift and was driving to my primary place of employment to say hello to some friends of mine who I work with. I was on a one-way street and I stopped at a 3-way stop with the intention of turning left. I signaled, looked both ways, and found the intersection to be clear, so I turned left. It was at this point that I noticed a silver or beige Mercedes E320 sitting at the stop sign to my left. Without warning, the driver of the Mercedes accelerated, and I knew he was going to hit me before he actually hit me. He slammed into the left rear corner of my truck and I did not feel a thing. I was not injured or even that shaken up, just extraordinarily pissed off. I put my baby in park, jumped from the cab, pretty much freaked out upon seeing the damage, and started screaming and swearing at the old man before I even saw him and thus didn't know it was an old man. The left rear fender was smashed and the rear bumper was almost ripped off. I started swearing at the other driver, because I'd just been rear-ended the previous March and he'd just destroyed the shiny new bumper that someone else's insurance company had paid for! My truck's original bumper was kind of beat up from everyday use and occasionally backing into things, so getting rear-ended worked out. My words to this elderly alcoholic were "Are you f***ing kidding me? I just got this out of the shop from someone rear-ending me!" or something like that.

    The jerk who hit my truck was a 70-year old man, and he insisted that I had run the stop sign. I suspected he might have been drinking but didn't confront him on it, and I insisted that the cops be called. Ironically, HE CALLED THE COPS! The responding officer asked for my license, registration, and proof of insurance, and got the same information from the old fart. He also asked if I'd been drinking, which I of course hadn't, and then he focused on the other driver. Another cop showed up, and the next thing I knew the old fart was in the back of a police SUV being taken to the local hospital for a blood test.

    Despite the fact that the driver was drunk and my insurance company insisted I was totally 100% NOT at fault, he insisted that I had run the stop sign and his insurance company believed him. My insurance company ultimately ate the cost of fixing my truck, waived the deductible, and didn't raise my rates. My truck was fixed in December at a cost of about $2,600. I do not have rental coverage so I had to share my mom's car for the three days my truck was in the shop. In mid-November, I got sick of my tailgate not opening all the way, got fed up, and had my body guy remove the rear bumper.

    My insurance company (USAA) took the drunk's insurance company to court, and it was a ruled a 50/50 draw. My rates DID NOT go up, and my insurance company waived the deductible. I have no idea how his insurance company handled his claim, but I know mine saw things my way and didn't pay one cent towards his Mercedes. By the way, I'm pretty sure the Mercedes was totaled. It was an older Mercedes, 13 years old at the time, and he hit my truck so hard that I think his frame got bent. He had trouble opening the driver's door immediately after the accident.

    Fast-forward to April 2016, and I find out I'm being called to court as a witness, to testify against this guy. I found out from the prosecutor during a phone discussion that this drunk old fart had KILLED somebody while driving drunk in the late 1980s and was convicted. Obviously, he did not learn his lesson. The important thing is that nobody was hurt or killed, AGAIN!

    Anyway, the drunk driver was found to have a BAC of .10 to .16 at the time of the accident. He later plead guilty and was sentenced to 40 days in jail and a 1-year suspension of his driver's license, in addition to having to pay a fine and court costs. I didn't have to go to court. The guy's Mercedes was registered in Florida, and he had a Florida address and a Florida driver's license, so I guess Pennsylvania and Florida have reciprocity? He was also ordered to pay restitution to me, and I will be putting some of the money towards front and rear dash cameras for my truck so if something like this happens again, the other driver won't be able to lie about it.

    You know that saying about what a "female dog" karma can be. This is a perfect example...

    My Tacoma was pretty much...
    At least compared to the Mercedes!

    DON'T DRIVE DRUNK!!!! Take an Uber or a Taxi!

    By the way, the car in this picture looks EXACTLY like the one the SOB who hit me was driving:
  2. Mar 12, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    TedRCASC New Member

    Oct 20, 2016
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    As my Australian friends would say, "Goodonya"! Glad you weren't hurt! - Ted
    PennSilverTaco [OP] likes this.

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