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post #31 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-19-2007, 05:47 AM
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i see, all makes sense now..thanks.
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2 door vs. 4 door a factor?

I wonder how much of the SEC's integrity was compromised by the absence of a "B" piller? It appears not having the "B" piller allowed that roof to buckle up and the rear passenger area side wall (where a rear door would be) to compress down and outward - this allowed the driver's door to pop open and the driver's area to then compress further and presumably contribute to the fatal injuries. If the "B" piller was present it could have keep the roof more in-line and structurally rigid. If that driver's door stayed closed the driver would have had a few more inches with which to survive.

In any case, a very regretable event.
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You cannot assume the door opened under the force of the impact. The fact that the rear side glass is unbroken and the buckling you noticed behind the door shows that the internal door guard beams did in fact distribute some of the impact forces around the passenger cell. The deformation of the interior and the intrusion into the survival space within the passenger cell while impressive to look at, would not have had any influence on the final outcome because the fatal injuries were caused by the unrestrained movement of the internal organs from the impact forces.

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rip to the dead

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it's amazing how well the benz handle that crash though..crumpled up like it supposed to. some american cars will have the engine in the backseat after a hit like that....good job mercedes saftey engineeers.

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owning an sec i have some observations.

1. The SEC was driven by a 64 year old lady and her pasenger was a 67 year old lady. She was at fault. From the pics on the news paper website you can see she drove a clear path across the 35-50 foot median with a ditch in the middle.

2. We do not know what the condition of the SEC occupants was prior to the crash. it said "no known conditions" "to contribute to the cause" but at 64 i find it hard to believe they were in perfect health.

3. The driver of the chevy was a 'middle aged" man and died on scene. The passenger was was critically injured (presumably the front seat) and the passenger in the rear seat was also "critically injured"

4. I believe if the occupants were younger males 20-35 they would have lived. Critically injured but would have lived. The passenger compatment isn't deformed that bad at all given the speed of the impact I mean, hell its a b-pillarless 2 door coupe.

best laymans terms ever to describe this wreck Dsl Bnz!
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I agree that no matter what the vehicle was, the extreme sudden deceleration of the organs was the deciding factor. Age however, would not make a difference in my opinion. In any extreme accident, there are three collisions: first, the vehicle hitting the obstacle; second, the occupants hitting the restraints, seat belts and airbags; third, the occupants' internal organs hitting the inside of the chest cavity. Many fatal collisions involve ruptured aortas, closed head trauma, etc.

Sad though that what looked to be a nice example of an SEC met this fate. Let's hope that maybe some of its parts will live on, being used in other coupes. The rear spoiler and rear apron are probably in perfect shape. Not sure if all four wheels survived. I wonder where the breaker is located that ended up with the car.

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