• Jul 27, 2011
It's an unfortunate reality of automotive transportation, but accidents are all too common. This one, however, appears to be anything but.

While merging onto California's legendary Pacific Coast Highway, one motorist/blogger was hit by another car. What makes the incident a little more out-of-the-ordinary is the vehicle that hit the blogger: the motorist in question was struck by a test mule for the new 2012 Honda CR-V, still wearing prototype camouflage and everything.

Given that the impacted CUV – which subsequently collided with several more oncoming vehicles – was a Toyota Highlander, and that a Lexus RX (whose platform it incidentally shares) was also part of the pileup, a small part of us can't help wonder if the Toyota vs. Honda rivalry hadn't spilled over from the Japanese boardrooms and dealer lots onto the streets of California. Thankfully, everybody appears to be okay, if a bit shaken up. Follow the link to read and see more of the accident on NOTCOT.


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      Marian Kulasik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats a first crash test for the new CR-V!
        The Law
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marian Kulasik
        That's some good real world data.
        EChid
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marian Kulasik
        I know, and it kinda looks like it wiped the floor with that Highlander...
      cowsnchickens
      • 3 Years Ago
      I read the post from the blogger and looked at the pictures, her description of the event was purely for the insurance agency. I think a better description of what happened was that the CR-V was trying to merge and she rammed straight into the side of the CR-V while talking or texting on her "HTC Sensation" (if she's giving a shout out to her phone in a blog, you better believe she talks and texts while driving). That impact looks rough, but her description was a bit melodramatic. I couldn't make out any skid marks on the pavement, but given her remarks of the CR-V "turn[ing] into me" and not a description of the CR-V turning in FRONT of her, or stopped in traffic because of cars merging, my guess is that she was distracted and ran headlong into the CR-V. Just my two cents.
        Mr. Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cowsnchickens
        I know that intersection well, it is a merging lane for the cars coming off of entrada onto pch, it is a merging only lane which eventually goes away back into the 3. I could see how this incident happened, she got the light to go, and was merging onto PCH, the CRV seeing another lane on his left goes for it not realizing cars are coming down the merging lane and thinking it is a open lane. Then as he cuts and she is rounding the merge lane they collide. It is all plausible, and as far as her taking photos along the way, I think it is becoming more of an instinct for people to do that for everything in their life. Here is the link for the said intersection. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=entrada+and+pch,+los+angeles&ll=34.02782,-118.518748&spn=0.011506,0.015943&gl=us&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=34.027674,-118.518624&panoid=TEWf33R4vu8Ov0hqHdJ4kQ&cbp=12,350.59,,0,25.79
          Mr. Matt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mr. Matt
          Or maybe the Honda driver really wanted some "Patricks Roadhouse"
        Andre
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cowsnchickens
        There shouldn't be any skid marks from the Highlander if its ABS system was working correctly.
      kwa
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it was Honda's fault, they should give her a 2012 CR-V! Good Press + stealing one of Toyota's customers.
        JasonERF
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kwa
        Totally agree! Now, watch them turn this PR opportunity into another DISASTER.... They give her a... CROSSTOUR! Dun-dun-dunnnnnnn.
          You guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JasonERF
          The Crosstour is a PR disaster.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where's Brenda Priddy's camera when you need it.....
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      So when filling out the accident report, do the cops list the vehicle as a 2013 CRV?! I know all these vehicles wear manufacturer's plates, but they still have to be listed as a certain year and model vehicle, right?
      MaX PL
      • 3 Years Ago
      you guys sure it was the test mule that hit the blogger and not the other way around? the photo makes it look like the blogger hit the CRV.
      Pat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Intended acceleration?
      Autoblog Reader
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe Notcot should get a 2012 CR-V as a replacement.....compliments of Honda Motor Co.
      Erik Tomlinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh, someone get that blogger to an English class. Tilde is not for separating sentences. Sentence fragments are bad. Accidents are bad and it's good that the blogger is OK, but I really had a hard time reading that stupid blog post.
      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did a little crash testng while they were out.
      Mike P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Her incessant use of tildes ('~') drives me nuts....
      stevenh
      • 3 Years Ago
      wonder if all the camouflage was blocking some of the window like most of them do and really was the fault of the tester and the manufacturer
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