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Timn8ter 1st August 2007 12:22 PM

Is your sub strapped down?
Redmond man paralyzed after crash sends speaker flying

By Peyton Whitely
Seattle Times Eastside bureau

A 27-year-old Redmond man is a quadriplegic after a stereo speaker in his car came loose in a rear-end crash and smashed into him, breaking his neck.

The speaker, in the rear of the man's 1973 Datsun 240Z, was not attached to the car, said Trooper Jeff Merrill, public-information officer for the State Patrol.

The man was rear-ended by a pickup while stopped at a ramp-metering light at the Northeast 70th Street entrance to Interstate 405 about 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

The driver of the 1998 Ford F-250 truck, a 40-year-old Bothell man, was speeding when he approached the ramp and failed to stop, Merrill said.

The speaker flew forward on impact and hit the Datsun driver in the neck. He was paralyzed by the injury and remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center, Merrill said.

The driver of the truck was not injured. The pickup was owned by a Seattle painting company.

The collision remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed. The drivers' names were not released.

The Patrol warned that it is important to secure objects in vehicles to prevent such catastrophes.

A widely reported incident involving similar circumstances took place in Kirkland in 1994 when Mike Frier, a Seattle Seahawks player, was paralyzed from the waist down when a 200-pound stereo speaker broke loose from the rear cargo area of a sport-utility vehicle and crushed him in a collision on 108th Avenue Northeast.

theAnonymous1 1st August 2007 01:03 PM

Talk about bone crushing bass!! And I thought high SPL was dangerous.:smash:

Oops, wait a minute..... mine aren't strapped down either.:o

:car: + :car: = :wchair:

djQUAN 1st August 2007 03:49 PM

mine isn't strapped down either. although I don't think mine would easily fly to the front. and if it did, it would have to be one hell of a crash. :smash: in a serious sense, I do think about things like these once in a while. :dead:

Timn8ter 1st August 2007 04:07 PM

Plus, what's the top speed in Manila? About 40kph?

theAnonymous1 1st August 2007 04:32 PM


Originally posted by Timn8ter
Plus, what's the top speed in Manila? About 40kph?

80kph on expressways, 40kph city.;)

My box is too big too fly over my back seats. The only way it could get to me is by breaking the rear fold down seat latches. If someone hit me hard enough to do that, then I would probably have other things to worry about.:eek:

djQUAN 1st August 2007 06:26 PM

I do 60kph in cities and 120+kph in expressways regularly. if the roads aren't clogged with traffic. :clown:

I should probably always drive with the seats up with something like this at the back. :smash:

theAnonymous1 1st August 2007 06:30 PM

A MOFO! I have one of those just sitting in my closet. It's been there for like 3 years.

BTW, I love your hand built amps.:cool:

djQUAN 1st August 2007 06:40 PM

my amps took a lot of work though but it's well worth it. :) two are 41Hz amps and they work really well. :D

the sub and box took three people to carry and put in the back (I usually put the box in first and install te sub after putting it in the car, that method takes two people to do) so I'm guessing it's more than 100lbs just for the sub and box.

a rear end hit might not make it fly but I'm worried about what if I'm travelling fast and hit something stationary. :bigeyes:

mikee55 1st August 2007 06:44 PM

3 reasons to bolt them down:

1) Sounds better
2) See top post
3) Theft

I have just installed a second battery in the boot/trunk of my car.
That has to be fixed, so it don't fall over and spill acid, if its not a sealed battery, which its not, it should need ventillation, becuse of fumes given off whilst charging, and you should install it in a plastic box as per camping with an auxilary battery.

Very naughty me, I have a window never fully closed and its cable tied in!! But then, I only installed it yesturday.
Now I'm gonna think of a safer plan.

By the way, bass is awsome and the engine has less of a hard time, and when I cranked it up this morning it fired instantly, where as before it would crank until the battery near enough gave out, appx 20 seconds. I broke down at Asda and had to ask for a jump start. The battery is good, the alternator is fine and even the local garage hasn't got a clue, why my battery looses its charge. Now with 2 batteries, all seems well.

djQUAN 1st August 2007 06:57 PM

I was also thinking of a way to add an extra batt but I have nowhere to put it. :xeye:

thinking of putting it inside the sub box but the hydrogen fumes of a charging sealed batt might blow my car up. :smash:

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