reply to post by WanDash
When you make a claim like the one in my previous post…the angel on the right, and devil on the left are talking all night long…
Admittedly, the distances travelled in the last sequence of frames (screen-shots) are difficult to distinguish.
The assumptions present in my calculations were based on a rough-handed knowledge of the distance between the “water-pipe” and final palm
tree…combined with the “eye & ear”-witness testimonies…and the report derived from Mr. Krikorian’s review of the materials and
After rehearsing these calculations and “findings” all night long…however…I cannot bring myself to accept that the car-speed was reduced by
such a factor on account of hitting the metal utility cover, without placing *asterisks*all*around*such*claims*.
In my latest estimations, I believe the car was travelling near 100 mph until hitting said utility cover.
Photos I’ve seen of the concrete block that the utility cover was secured to, do not suggest (to me) that the “cover” would have presented so
significant a hindrance, as to reduce the car’s momentum by such a margin.
Likewise – Mr. Krikorian’s review of the footage concluded that the “first flash” accompanied the car meeting the utility cover… And that,
the first flash was followed immediately by a “second flash” – which might have been
the brake lights (or not)…and that…the “second
flash” was followed immediately by a frame that showed “no lights” being emitted from the vehicle…followed by the car hitting and exploding at
the palm tree.
Mr. Krikorian gave physical dimensions of: (a) 195 feet past the front door of the restaurant…to where the Mercedes jumped the curb, and (b) 56 feet
from the curb-jumping-point to the palm tree.
We can estimate the metal utility cover to be in the range of 25 feet from the palm tree. (I have seen numerous estimations on this site and other
reports…and am giving a middle-of-the-road number, for the distance from utility cover to palm tree… It won’t make that much difference, in the
I realize that I may be the only one willing to go through the video footage, attach numbers (distances, speeds, etc…) to the screen-shots, and give
calculated-guesses… but …the implications, here, are huge.
If we were to conclude that the screen-shot, where the lights extinguish, is when & where the car first met the tree…we are still looking at a speed
of less than 50 mph (upon impacting the palm tree).
Likewise – it is clear that the object flying in a southeasterly direction from the car, has already taken flight before the lights go out. (and –
you might notice a significant “cloud” arising at the same time)
So – two problems (at least)…
1. If the “southeasterly flying object” is the engine/tranny…what kind of a crap design would allow such an ejection, by hitting the metal
(mesh) utility cover…?
2. If the “southeasterly flying object” is the metal utility cover…and, the car hit the tree at the suggested speed/s…what kind of crap design
would allow such an ejection at 50 mph (or less)…?
In either – or both – cases, it would seem that Mercedes has a lotta ‘splainin’ to do
OR – odd forces are at work beneath the covers.