Car Smash

Car Smash 10 Jan 2010

Woke up this morning to find our car smashed up. The person who did it allegedly fled. We’re in contact with the police and we’re very hopeful it’ll all work out. You can virtually rubberneck here if you’re interested.

I’m just way worried right now, because I need that car on Tuesday morning to make the next Inkscape class session and I don’t think it’s safe to drive, and I’m not sure how that could be righted in time. I’m trying to work that out now.

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Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at


20 thoughts on “Car Smash

  1. Sheesh. The guy was pretty talented to get both ends.

    With a little luck perhaps your insurance will cover a rental.

    Posted by John McDonough | January 10, 2010, 2:53 pm
  2. Sorry to hear this sort of sh*&% doesn’t just happen over here.

    Posted by Jakub Steiner | January 10, 2010, 3:28 pm
    • They just take your car instead. 🙂

      I remember seeing a video you posted of some guy stealing a car in the parking lot, from your web cam that was sitting in the window, several years ago. 🙂

      Posted by Rodney Dawes | January 10, 2010, 7:56 pm
  3. now I don’t think is so crazy to have cameras outside your home. 😦

    Posted by tatica | January 10, 2010, 4:14 pm
  4. What time do you need to be where on Tuesday?

    Posted by David | January 10, 2010, 5:27 pm
  5. Well, worst case, you should be able to get a rental for 1 day for $50 or so, during the week.

    Posted by Rodney Dawes | January 10, 2010, 7:59 pm
    • yeh but there’s no way I am paying that unless insurance covers it. I have to leave at 6:30 AM, and it’s quite likely no car rental place is open then – which means I have to take a day off work to get the car the night before, and I have to by some miracle find a car rental place that is on the subway… :-/

      Posted by mairin | January 10, 2010, 8:26 pm
  6. Since it is someone elses fault, their insurance should take care of a rental. But if you can’t find the guy to charge his insurance, then you’d have to use your ‘underinsured motorists’ part of your insurance. Since you have liability only, that might not be the case either.

    Lastly, if you can’t get the rental and still need the car, judging from the pictures you’d be able to drive it if you remove the front bumper or duct tape it off the road enough to drive. I don’t think there was any engine damage, looks completely bumper related.

    Good luck, sorry for your crappy situation.

    Posted by jesus m. rodriguez | January 10, 2010, 8:56 pm
  7. Short sympathetic post of, wow that does suck. Sorry to hear.

    Posted by Jim B | January 10, 2010, 9:48 pm
  8. MA drivers suck, in general. In the past 9 months, I’ve been involved in 2 accidents (in both cases, the other driver was at fault). 😦

    Posted by Andres Salomon | January 10, 2010, 10:29 pm
  9. Someone has something against Inkscape apparently xD

    Posted by DreadKnight | January 10, 2010, 11:10 pm
  10. Yikes, that sucks. It clearly says “Dodge” in the back of the car and they totally didn’t 😦

    Posted by Andy | January 11, 2010, 12:50 am
  11. Sorry to hear about this. I hope they catch the guy and all works out for you.

    Posted by Paul W. Frields | January 11, 2010, 8:48 am
  12. Bab .. that’s too bad …

    Regards from Portugal
    Paulo Aboim Pinto

    Posted by Paulo Aboim Pinto | January 11, 2010, 8:57 am
  13. To all commenters who used words guy or he to describe the perp. Please consider using nonsexist language unless you have actual knowledge about the person in question.

    For more information:

    Posted by Mutaween | January 12, 2010, 5:57 am
  14. Sorry to hear that :/ Im guessing it was a drunk driver or a textaholic 😛

    Posted by Cody Tessmer | January 27, 2010, 3:56 am


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