Ever wonder what it would be like to get hit by a 4' x 8' sheet of 3/4" plywood while driving down the road at 55mph??? Me neither!!!! But I can tell you now!!!!
I had an appointment in Palo Alto early today, so decided to drive up yesterday and spend the night. Traffic over Pacheco Pass was at a standstill clear past Casa De Fruita (for those that know the area). So I went on towards Hollister, crossed the valley and onto Hwy 25 which goes to Hwy 101. A speeding pickup truck crossed the railroad tracks, causing his load to bounce into the air, enough that the sheet of plywood became airborne and headed straight for my windshield. I had about 2 seconds to react, swerving to the right and braking. It missed the windshield and hit me here on the drivers side, ripping the side mirror off. About 18" from my head, it scared the you know what out of me. When it hit, the jeep went back across the road ... thankfully people there saw what happened and got out of my way until I got it under control ... but NO ONE stopped. Not the truck or any other vehicle. I can't believe the car behind me did not get hit ... or hit me when I hit the brakes ... but they didn't stop either.
I grabbed my phone, dialed 911 and got a CHP officer headed my direction. He wasn't of any help either ... wouldn't even write up a report. For my insurance company??? Please??? Nope ... no witnesses, nor did anyone even bother to call 911 and report it except me.
The part that bothers me most is this bump inside the driver side car frame. It wasn't there before ... which means that piece of wood hit hard enough to bend the frame of the car.