An Ode to BMW

by Alex Stenback on September 13, 2005

Roundel_2Last Thursday, my wife was involved in an automobile accident – thus the light posting over the past few days.  She was hit on the driver’s door by another car travelling in excess of 55 miles per hour, witnesses indicate.  Thankfully, and I believe as a result of the wonderful engineering of BMW (and the fact that she was wearing her seat belt,) she survived the crash, suffering only -  when you see the pictures, you’ll understand "only" – two non-displaced fractures in her hip/pelvis, along with all of the attendant bruising other soft tissue damage an impact of this nature causes.

Of course she now faces what will be a painful six to eight-week recovery. Though we are still awaiting word from our insurance company, the vehicle, a 2003 BMW 325ci (convertible) is expected to be a total loss, after the jump, pictures of the vehicle.

To the men and women at BMW, thank you, from both of us.

Though it’s up, sort of, in this shot, the top was down during the collision.

This shot shows just how far the door collapsed, you can actually see the floor inside the vehicle of you look closely.

Another shot of the mangled door.

This picture does not do justice to the damage.  The door is firmly against and over the seat and steering wheel.  The impact was so jarring, the glove box on the passenger side is jammed shut.

The impact cracked, but did not shatter the windshield.  The driver side window shattered on impact, and there was glass everywhere.  Three hours after the accident we were still removing shards of glass from my wife’s mouth.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

andy September 13, 2005 at 2:36 pm

I’m sorry to hear about such a terrible accident. What a blessing that all is going to be well with her. It surprises me to see how *little* damage is actually done to a car hit at 55mph. Lesser built cars perhaps would not even be identifiable.

Best wishes to your wife in her recovery.

Alexis September 13, 2005 at 2:42 pm

Wow, how scary for her (and you). Glad she’s looking at a full recovery. Here’s hoping it’s a speedy one.

John D Schultz September 13, 2005 at 9:11 pm

Alex, thank goodness for side airbags. I was happy to read that your wife will have a full recovery!

Editor September 14, 2005 at 5:22 pm

Thanks to all the well wishers who’ve commented here, sent email, etc. We both appreciate your kind words.

Linda Alter September 16, 2005 at 10:06 am

Oh My God! What amazing grace you had to survive this. I just looked at that same BMW Convertible a week ago with a friend thinking of buying one…hmmm….They are great cars, and the side airbag and windshield not breaking are amazing! Wishing you a full recovery.

mortgage October 16, 2005 at 10:10 pm

Wow that accident was crazy. Glad to know she’s ok.

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