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it was struck in the side by the F150. The driver of the Aerostar states the pick up was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Immediately after the collision, the driver and all five of the passengers exited the pickup truck. One of them states he took a few steps toward the middle of the road then collapsed in pain. After falling to the ground he was astonished to hear the engine on the Aerostar begin to race. He looked up to see the van coming toward him. He had to scramble to keep from being run over.
This event is confirmed by Mrs. Barbera. She states after the van came to rest, she and her husband had a short conversation. Then, in an attempt to reposition himself he mistakenly stepped on the accelerator. The van accelerated across the road and struck a tree.
Both vehicles were available for examination. They were photographed and the damage measured. Those measurements are available in the exhibits below.
Description of damage to F150
The pickup displayed one major exterior contact face. That contact was to the left front. It involved the front bumper (left of center), the grill, the left front headlamp/turn signal assembly, the hood, the left front fender, the left frame rail, and the evaporator. The direction for this force was rearward and to the drivers left.
Induced damage associated with this contact was noted to the radiator support, the airbox, the windshield wiper fluid reservoir, both inner fenders, the hood, both front fenders, the right frame rail, and the left vent window. The effect of this damage was to offset the front clip to the drivers left.
There was evidence to support occupant contact with the interior of the truck. There were three separate windshield contacts. One was to the left of the steering wheel. The steering wheel was bent over. The long floor mounted shift lever was broken at its base.
Description of Damage to Aerostar
The Aerostar showed one primary contact face. That damage was to the left side of the van. It involved the driver's door, the left side sheet metal, the wiring harness that runs down the left side of the van, and the left rear wheel. The direction for this force was inward and slightly rearward. Note: Prior to photographs, the tires on this vehicle were swapped around by the wrecker driver to ease its removal from the scene.
The second area of contact was to the front of the van. Near the left end of the bumper was a tree impression. Bark still adhered to this embossed arc in the bumper. This tree contact also damaged the left headlight assembly, and induced damage to the hood.
There was interior damage to the Aerostar. The driver's airbag was deployed. The B-pillar and rear door jamb were in contact with the drivers seat. T