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Totterdell smash

By johnboy - 4 June 2011 37

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One man is in a critical condition at The Canberra Hospital and two others suffered minor injuries following a single vehicle collision earlier this morning (Saturday, June 4).

About 2.45am police were called to Totterdell Street in Belconnen after a car hit a tree. The driver and rear passenger sustained minor injuries while the front seat passenger suffered critical injuries after going through the front windscreen of the white Toyota Rav 4.

The front passenger was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

All three men are aged in their mid 20’s.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are investigating the cause of the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed the white Toyota Rav 4 at or prior to the collision are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

ACT Policing would like to remind motorists and their passengers to ‘buckle up’ when they get in the car; it could save your life.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Totterdell smash
FD10 5:00 pm 05 Jun 11

Antagonist said :

Did you consider that our windscreen pilots first language might not be english – even before the crash? How do you design an effective roadsign for these people?

It’s the driver’s responsibilty to ensure all passengers (and themselves) are wearing a seatbelt. Since wearing a seatbelt is something covered when getting a licence, there is no excuse.

To be honest, if you’re stupid enough to not be wearing a seatbelt (especially if the driver is *allegedly* driving like a douche) then I think road signs in a language you can’t understand is the least of your concerns.

Brianna 12:47 pm 05 Jun 11

Antagonist said :

I was actually in TCH ED at the time these guys were admitted. I personally witnessed the TCH staff work not only on these guys, but a whole range of other serious admissions. My problem was insifgnificant compared to what was going on last night, so it was around 6:30 this morning when a doctor was FINALLY able to get to me.

No sooner were we about to start talking, when one of the big shot doctors was walking past. He stopped in mid-stride, turned to the young doctor in front of me and said “Well done – you saved him.” And he just walked off. That was it. That was his recognition.

I have a whole new respect for those guys. LOTS of it too.

Those guys are brilliant. I also have heaps of respect for them as people like them saved the life of a girl I know about a year ago. A young P plater, the accident wasn’t her fault but she had every bone in her face broken. She WAS wearing a seatbelt. Imagine how bad it wold have been without one.

s-s-a 12:21 pm 05 Jun 11

Yep if it wasn’t a front-on impact, the other passengers would have been in the firing line. Reminds me of an old RTA/NSW ad.

It would be great if the NRMA and ACT govt would purchase rights to screen the TAC adverts. This one is pretty easy to understand what’s going on even if you can’t hear or understand the commentary.

Spideydog 12:01 pm 05 Jun 11

what_the said :

Pretty hard to have an accident in Totterdell without flogging it. Seriously, we STILL have to tell people to put seatbelts on????

Yup and apparently if you do, were the nanny state…….. Not hard to have a prang if your pissed though (not saying this is the case)

Something for people to remember is by not wearing a seatbelt is not just hurting yourself. Look at who else it affects, emergency staff, family, witnesses and possibly even the fellow passengers in the vehicle when your a missile on your way out of the car.

Hope this fella gets to learn his lesson without too much trauma.

Antagonist 9:54 am 05 Jun 11

Ceej1973 said :

… but seriously, do you think this guy must have seen the big signs plastered around Canberra (they havnt been driven over…YET), that read “no belt, no brains”.

I get your point here, and one would think common sense would apply. Let us take another look at the photo and we will apply a (suprisingly accurate) stereotype. Did you consider that our windscreen pilots first language might not be english – even before the crash? How do you design an effective roadsign for these people? One would hope we don’t need road signs for this stuff, but I guess you just can’t cater for every person every time.

How hard do you think it might have made it for TCH staff and ACT Policing to figure out who this guy is if he barely speaks english? Or if he can feel his toes? Who his mother is? I love that old ad on TV with the dude being slapped across the face. “Wear a seatbelt. Wear a seatbelt. Wear a seatbelt.”

what_the 9:15 am 05 Jun 11

Pretty hard to have an accident in Totterdell without flogging it. Seriously, we STILL have to tell people to put seatbelts on????

Classified 7:47 am 05 Jun 11

LSWCHP said :

Classified said :

S*** happens from time to time, but not wearing a seatbelt? What a retard!

If he wasn’t retarded before, I’d say he’s likely to be so, after going headfirst through a car window at high speed. That’s ugly stuff. Let’s hope he lives, and is able to learn.

Yeah, I’ll give you that. I do hope he recovers.

Ceej1973 12:29 am 05 Jun 11

I analysed the story by looking at the picture before reading the article, and instantly assumed that it is the car responsible for running down half the road signs in Canberra of late, and that it had barked up the wrong sign, or in this case the wrong tree at last, but alas I was to be dissapointed. I feel sorry for the kid who is worse off than the tree, but seriously, do you think this guy must have seen the big signs plastered around Canberra (they havnt been driven over…YET), that read “no belt, no brains”.

Postalgeek 11:21 pm 04 Jun 11

canberralocal said :

Inconceivable that the bloke wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. No doubt he’ll be the face of the next “buckle up” advertising campaign…

It’ll be interesting to see what sort of face he has if he used it to punch his way through a windscreen and then face-plant the pavement/asphalt. Of course the tree might have intercepted his trajectory.

LSWCHP 10:46 pm 04 Jun 11

Classified said :

S*** happens from time to time, but not wearing a seatbelt? What a retard!

If he wasn’t retarded before, I’d say he’s likely to be so, after going headfirst through a car window at high speed. That’s ugly stuff. Let’s hope he lives, and is able to learn.

canberralocal 9:45 pm 04 Jun 11

Inconceivable that the bloke wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. No doubt he’ll be the face of the next “buckle up” advertising campaign…

Harriet Vane 8:26 pm 04 Jun 11

This was at the bottom of my driveway and I didn’t know about it until I saw this article. (I’m a very deep sleeper, apparently.) I saw the white markers today when I went out and wondered what was up.

Hope the chap who went through the windscreen pulls through.

Antagonist 7:46 pm 04 Jun 11

I was actually in TCH ED at the time these guys were admitted. I personally witnessed the TCH staff work not only on these guys, but a whole range of other serious admissions. My problem was insifgnificant compared to what was going on last night, so it was around 6:30 this morning when a doctor was FINALLY able to get to me.

No sooner were we about to start talking, when one of the big shot doctors was walking past. He stopped in mid-stride, turned to the young doctor in front of me and said “Well done – you saved him.” And he just walked off. That was it. That was his recognition.

I have a whole new respect for those guys. LOTS of it too.

Classified 7:42 pm 04 Jun 11

S*** happens from time to time, but not wearing a seatbelt? What a retard!

Martlark 6:53 pm 04 Jun 11

Slow down, buckle up and look out for trees jumping into the middle of the road.

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