We Made the News

Our RV crash yesterday made the news.  My buddy Tim Perez found this report from MyDesert.com reporter Brian Indrelunas:

A Desert Hot Springs man who tried to outrun police also attempted to avoid being handcuffed Monday after a high-speed chase through the high desert, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Armand Dwight Nettles, 78, was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with two broken arms before being jailed.  Officer Rob Flocken was also taken to the Joshua Tree hospital after he crashed into an RV turning onto Highway 62 as officers chased Nettles’ 1999 Dodge van.

The CHP cruiser was destroyed

The chase apparently started when the CHP spotted Nettles swerving in and out of traffic, running red lights, driving on the wrong side of the highway, and going more than 100 mph down Highway 62 where we were struck.  So it’s no wonder the CHP cruiser looked like it was approaching at a very high rate of speed when it smashed into our RV.

Along the way, Flocken hit the RV as it turned out of a driveway near Bonair Road in Joshua Tree.  The RV driver only suffered minor scrapes and wasn’t taken to a hospital, (CHP spokesman) Brewer said.

Here is an update on the injury front:  Thankfully Theresa and the dogs are still fine.  But last night I developed a sharp pain in my lower left ribs, it hurt to breathe, and I couldn’t sleep on my left side.  This was probably from the seat belt, which likely saved me from flying out the RV windshield.  I went to the hospital today, had X-rays, and fortunately no ribs are broken but the intercostal (rib) muscles are badly bruised.  The doctor prescribed medication and said I should recover in 2-4 weeks.  We heard from the CHP today that Officer Flocken was treated for minor lacerations to his face and a bad cut on his hand, released from the hospital last night, is home resting and expected to make a full recovery.  We are very happy that everyone involved is going to be OK.  And the old geezer who started this mess is sitting in jail on $250,000 bond.

The inside of our RV "exploded" on impact

We visited the RV today in the wrecker lot to recover our valuables.  It was heartbreaking to see our new “home” utterly destroyed.  It’s like the inside of our RV exploded on impact.  We were surprised to see so much damage on the passenger side, opposite where the RV was hit.  The walls separated from the floor, and the floor buckled up off the drive frame.  Our insurance adjuster is supposed to inspect the RV tomorrow, and the wrecker guy again said he’d be surprised if they didn’t declare it a total loss.  Which means we would need to purchase a new RV.

So we are starting to plan our next steps.  Theresa and I both want to continue on our trip, but we’re not looking forward to starting over from scratch buying and setting up a new RV, which could take weeks or months.  Though admittedly the process would likely go a lot faster the second time around, and we’d also have a better understanding of what we like and don’t like feature-wise in an RV.  We certainly have some big decisions to make in the next few days.

Thank you all again for your well wishes and encouragement.  We are blessed to have such wonderful family and friends.

Size does matter. This impact would've killed us in a car.

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