Here are the "thoughts that followed":
I did not excerpt or reference the description of “traffic” that preceded the wreck in the previous “Notes from” post…but, they may be
relevant to others…so, let me give the summary:
In the 79 seconds of security camera footage that preceded the appearance of the vehicle that crashed, three other vehicles had passed on the same
stretch of North Highland’ in front of the camera… Two going south (just like the Mercedes), and one going north.
With that out of the way, let’s consider what would appear to be new details, derived from the security camera footage...
195 feet (or so) past the skid marks, apparently left by the Mercedes after (probably) bottoming-out on the “Melrose-rise”…the Mercedes
“jumped the curb”…with 56 feet remaining before the fateful palm tree.
If this is the case – that would place the “curb jumping point” at or near the last palm tree before the crash.
Again – if this is the case – the fact that the ADP security vehicle was positioned at (or near) this spot when the LoudLabs camera rolled-up on
the scene…could explain why any disturbances that might have been left in the median-turf were not evident (because of disguise, shadow or being
entirely blocked from view).
Nevertheless – all things considered – 56 feet is a very narrow window at 80+ (or 100+) mph.
And, regardless of what the motivation was…the curb-jumping-point could just as easily have been the end-point in this exercise.
If the “curb-jumping-point” and the claim that the vehicle remained in/on the median until the crash, are both accurate…we must contend with how
much stock to place in the eye-witness testimony of Jose’…as, he clearly gave a/the “screech” (as in, tires braking/skidding) sound, followed
by a “hard pull of the steering wheel, to the left” visual in his statement/s.
Could have been...the vehicle jumping the curb...or...his mind trying to fill-in-the-blanks…but, again – you have to wonder if any other
“filled-in-blanks” might have been part of the testimony. (this paragraph edited for the Michael Hasting: New Surveillance Video Shows Fiery
About halfway between the curb-jumping-point and the explosion, the vehicle hit the metal utility cover (water main related), that was accompanied
with a “flash”…that was almost immediately followed by another “flash”…which Krikorian suggested could have been
lights…and just as likely, could have been something else.
The car did not meet the tree with the center of the front-end, but rather…impact was more to the driver’s side…which (might have) allowed for
the engine & tranny to eject through the side of the engine compartment experiencing less impedance.
Driving on a grass/turf median at a high rate of speed, when one is used to driving on a more tractable surface like asphalt…is not a precision
sport. It is very easy to slip & slide (and – video evidence shows plenty of high grass).
Again – not knowing the motivation (suicide, loss of certain-or-all controls, etc…), we cannot state with certainty, if his intent was to hit the
palm tree…or looking to escape a hell ride (alive)…
If he did not intend
to hit the palm tree…the fact that he didn’t hit it dead-center could support the hypothesis that he was trying
to slow the car…and was trying to miss the tree.
If he did intend
to hit the palm…the fact that he didn’t hit it dead-center could simply be a result of the lack of control that
would derive from the “less tractable turf”.
It would seem that most people considering this incident, on both sides of the “foul play – no foul play” fence, agree that no matter which
answer is correct – everything had to go exactly as it did, for the conclusion to be as it was.
(the last statement/s have been edited-out for the Michael Hasting: New Surveillance Video Shows Fiery Crash thread