You’re doing it wrong

Holden Caulfield 11 December 2008 24

Spotting this Toyota Echo on my morning commute made me do a quick double take. It is on (or should that be off) Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick, just after the Ipswich Street intersection. It looks pretty clear that the driver had been driving the wrong way on the dual carriageway that would normally take you to Queanbeyan. However, our intrepid motorist must have thought all roads lead to Canberra. FAIL!

There didn’t appear to be anything to indicate that this was anything more than a single vehicle accident, and, despite the apparent stupidity behind the events leading up to impact, hopefully the driver (and any passengers) are okay.

So what was it that “forced” the driver off the road? Was it mechanical failure? Was it the cheek of an oncoming motorist declaring his or her right to use the correct side of the road? Was it a legless lizard? Were the last words of the driver leading up to impact “How hard can it be”? No doubt RiotACT readers will pontificate and speculate.

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123qwe 123qwe 8:14 am 12 Dec 08

Yep Leopard is German. But I was taking the piss out of myself, spelling is not my forte.

farnarkler farnarkler 7:57 am 12 Dec 08

#19 the Leopard is German. I feel sorry for the tree. The embarrassment of being photographed with a toilet, sorry starlet.

farq farq 10:39 pm 11 Dec 08

Special G said :

…It’s always funny when you see some moit in a starlet with a wing/hamster cannon and skirts. It doesn’t matter what you do to it, it will always be a starlet…

Too true. I think some of them do it for the laugh value.

ramblingted ramblingted 9:13 pm 11 Dec 08

Hey…didn’t know Paris had another car..

squashee squashee 9:12 pm 11 Dec 08

Obviously a Canberra driver has moved to Queanbeyan… Changed to NSW plates… But still not learnt to drive…

123qwe 123qwe 8:58 pm 11 Dec 08

#16 “departed in a Lepoard tank”

Lepoard tank. Lebanese designed, built in the USA (aka seppo).

Knob.

G-Fresh G-Fresh 8:52 pm 11 Dec 08

Just writing it off to get the insurance money for a V8. Obvious.

Special G Special G 8:09 pm 11 Dec 08

It wasn’t even a hotted up starlet. It’s always funny when you see some moit in a starlet with a wing/hamster cannon and skirts. It doesn’t matter what you do to it, it will always be a starlet.

Yes Starlets became echos.

123qwe 123qwe 8:04 pm 11 Dec 08

Massive night at the Canberra South Caravan Park Tavern? Arrived in a Starlet and felt like he/she departed in a Lepoard tank, decided to drive a straight-line home across Canb ave….BOOM.. reality sinks in.

These are the days of our lives.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 6:10 pm 11 Dec 08

Given the car has an airbag, I’m guessing it also has ABS, which would explain the lack of skid marks. Although, your fell asleep theory may have some merit.

That said, there did not appear to be any evidence of the car crossing the median strip, however I only had a cursory glance in that direction.

In regards the the speed at impact, I’m not sure the car would have been travelling that fast. I would estimate at 50km/h or less. The damage looks pretty bad, but everything from the a-pillar back is in pretty good shape really. If you’ve ever seen a EuroNCAP or ANCAP crash test video you’ll see how badly deformed some cars can get. The speed at impact in those tests is usually between 54-60km/h.

The other interesting point about this incident, specifically in relation to RiotACT, is the lack of replies. If this was a WRX or some sort of modded car I reckon we’d be pushing 150+ posts by now, haha!

imarty imarty 3:34 pm 11 Dec 08

Doesn’t seem to be any skid marks. Maybe fell asleep and crossed from the Canberra bound side???

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:40 pm 11 Dec 08

Sammy said :

That’s actually a Toyota Starlet. The word “Starlet” on the rear door is a giveaway.

Haha, oops, right you are Sammy. Starlets did turn into Echos. That’s my story anyway. :p

GottaLoveCanberra GottaLoveCanberra 12:35 pm 11 Dec 08

It’ll buff right out.

There, I said it.

Not as impressive as the SUV on it’s roof out the front of Mckillop Wanniassa campus yesterday. Straight road and all.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 12:32 pm 11 Dec 08

johnboy said :

Skidbladnir said :

Any chance of a Swirly Face Man edit on the identifying numberplate?

It’s not as if it’s going to be their car going forward.

Or going anywhere….

johnboy johnboy 12:25 pm 11 Dec 08

Skidbladnir said :

Any chance of a Swirly Face Man edit on the identifying numberplate?

It’s not as if it’s going to be their car going forward.

Sammy Sammy 12:13 pm 11 Dec 08

That’s actually a Toyota Starlet. The word “Starlet” on the rear door is a giveaway.

tortfeaser tortfeaser 12:05 pm 11 Dec 08

Pissed.

RandomPoster RandomPoster 11:43 am 11 Dec 08

That one is a write off..

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:37 am 11 Dec 08

Any chance of a Swirly Face Man edit on the identifying numberplate?

Thumper Thumper 11:34 am 11 Dec 08

Probably trying to dodge a canoe.

You get lots of canoes on that road. Yessir, heaps of ’em….

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