On 7/29/09, Donald Briscoe Dix,age 82, of Charlotte,NC, was killed in his Smart when he ran a stop sign and was hit by a minivan ...WSOCTV.com posted a photo of his destroyed Smart on 7/29/09...He is apparently the first Smart fatality in the US...

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Bob, what's to be gained by this I'm pretty sure the family wouldn't appreciate it and even less sure what the point of the post is. Lesson - don't run stop signs, no matter what car you're driving? And FWIW, the first smart related fatality was apparently March 28, 2009 in Miami, FL.
They're not "deathproof"- No car is but the naysayers who see them as "deathtraps" are completely offbase. How many highway fatalities were there on that day not in smart cars?
FWIW, my wifes Uncle and Aunt in law were hit broadside in a full size Cadillac two years ago. They did not survive. They were in their late 70's. I agree with J. on this one. The fact is that anyone who perishes in ANY car is sad and is a shame. Most collisions are because of poor driving. My condolences to all the families.

Slow down people, you'll get to your destination just as quick.

MJB
FYI, I tried to verify this post on WSOCTV.com and cannot get the photo, when I tried to use google it, the first thing that came up was this post and nothing on the photo. Robert, do you really want this post to be your claim to fame on google. Let news people give out the news.

My suggestion: delete this post.

MJB
First off let me say no vehicle is "deathproof" simple physics tells you the greater mass does more damage. But for those that want to look at the report here is the link
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/20215050/detail.html
Also to do that much damage to the smart the minivan was moving seriously fast.
did anyone notice , age 82 , he probably would have been killed in any MAJOR accident, in any car, just my 2 cents.
I saw this when it came it, and while of course any loss of life is a tragedy, my question would be, as there are what, over 40,000? smarts on the road now in the US, if there has been one fatality out of that many vehicles, does that not add to the safety record of this one?

spicejax said:
FYI, I tried to verify this post on WSOCTV.com and cannot get the photo, when I tried to use google it, the first thing that came up was this post and nothing on the photo. Robert, do you really want this post to be your claim to fame on google. Let news people give out the news.

My suggestion: delete this post.

MJB
Best analysis (maybe the only one) I've seen to date on the safety of the smart: http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f4/my-anaylsis-smart-car-pr...

BTW, as of the end of December 09 Daimler reported 39,217 smarts sold in the USA.
Thanks to Tom Owens for finding the link to this story.

I have a comment on 'News' items in todays media. This story was exactly four sentences, this is typical of what is called news nowadays, little detail, but a great attention getting shock headline. It's a shame that more detail on the accident was not revealed, maybe people could learn something. Was the minivan driving way too fast? Was this driver 'texting', on cell phone? In the photo it looks like the hit was on the passenger side and the smart is on the grass. Was the smart all the way across the road on impact?

As the PSA used to say 'Speed Kills'.

Still a sad event. Robert, feel free to delete this disscussion thread on January 31st.
MJB
spicejax said:
Thanks to Tom Owens for finding the link to this story.

I have a comment on 'News' items in todays media. This story was exactly four sentences, this is typical of what is called news nowadays, little detail, but a great attention getting shock headline. It's a shame that more detail on the accident was not revealed, maybe people could learn something. Was the minivan driving way too fast? Was this driver 'texting', on cell phone? In the photo it looks like the hit was on the passenger side and the smart is on the grass. Was the smart all the way across the road on impact?

As the PSA used to say 'Speed Kills'.

Still a sad event. Robert, feel free to delete this disscussion thread on January 31st.
MJB


JWight added a great addition to this thread from SmartCarofAmerica.Com...The fatality rate of the Smart is looking good, and this is a major issue on the minds of owners and the public...You will have to delete this topic out of my cold dead hands...
more to the point slow down, be careful and arive safe

spicejax said:
FWIW, my wifes Uncle and Aunt in law were hit broadside in a full size Cadillac two years ago. They did not survive. They were in their late 70's. I agree with J. on this one. The fact is that anyone who perishes in ANY car is sad and is a shame. Most collisions are because of poor driving. My condolences to all the families.

Slow down people, you'll get to your destination just as quick.

MJB
At 82 he was probably dead before impact.

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