Driver Thanks Engineer Who Hit Him on Purpose

Posted on October 23, 2010  Comments (3)

Driver thanks man who hit him on purpose

Driving to a Mariners game, Duane Innes saw a pickup ahead of him drift across lanes of traffic, sideswipe a concrete barrier and continue forward on the inside shoulder at about 40 mph. A manager of Boeing’s F22 fighter-jet program [and engineer by training], Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast.

“Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,” Innes explained. So he pulled in front of the pickup, allowed it to rear-end his minivan and brought both vehicles safely to a stop in the pull-off lane.

Some might say the driver of the truck, 80-year-old Bill Pace, of Bellevue, and anyone Pace’s truck might have slammed into had luck on their side that day. A retiree who volunteers for Special Olympics and organizes food drives, Pace didn’t know it at the time, but he’d had a minor heart attack two days earlier and his circulation was so poor he passed out at the wheel with his foot resting on the accelerator.

Nice story and nice that the article had a tiny bit of science in the story, with another example of good work by an engineer.

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3 Responses to “Driver Thanks Engineer Who Hit Him on Purpose”

  1. John Shupe
    October 27th, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    Some people are touched by angels when they get themselves in situations like that. Good thing people out there care enough to react and do something. I know i would be thankful to anyone who saved my life exspecially if i was in the same situation.

  2. Andy Dabbs
    October 27th, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

    That guy was in the right place at the right time. Pretty brave too.

  3. alok
    January 24th, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    This is simply amazing. My 5 year old son was so amazed that he watched the video 3 times!!! Thanks for sharing.

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