Well, one of my worst nightmares came true Thursday afternoon when Ms. ArizonaLegend was rear ended sitting at a red light by a 2005 F150 driven by a not quite 17 yo female not paying much attention (can you say texting?). There the missus was just sitting at the light, minding her own business while in the center lane with no one around (both left and right lanes open) and then WHAM, she's launched into the intersection - struck dead on, the pos pick-up didn't brake or anything - luckily(?) there was no other cars involved.
She (my wife) is doing ok, very stiff and sore right now, and the x-rays of her back and neck (she was taken from the scene on a stretcher) show no breaks. Follow-up in a couple of days to make sure there are no hairline fractures. In the meantime, she's taking it easy and we say a little prayer of thanks.
The Legend, well she held her own against the domestic beast and the infinite stupidity of youth that was thrown at her at about 30-40 mph. But, alas, the rear end has been shoved about an inch forward. Once the rear doors were forced open by paramedics they would no longer close and there is slight outward buckling at the rear wheel well openings. Everything forward is ok, but as you can see from the pic, the rear doesn't looks so great. Trunk lid is sprung, bumper mashed, spoiler damages and of course all lights have been broken. You can see where the F150's bumper post hit nearly dead center on the Legend's bumper!
All things considered the Legend did well all things considered. The F150 was last seen steaming, coolant spraying and sitting immobile (Found On Road Dead), while later to be towed away. I drove the Legend home from the accident scene (which was less than a mile from our home), with permissioin from the police after they inspected and found no fluid leaks or driveability problems. The police, fire and paramedics all made positive comments about the Legend as they were going about their business. However, at the time, my only concern was the welfare of my wife (she had called me from the scene right after it happened and I was there in 10 minutes, arriving while she was still in the car).
As for the Legend's disposition - I'm hoping for the best (frame/unibody repair) and planning for the worst - in search of a low mileage '93-'95 Legend LS/GS, if not, then most likely it's time to move on to an '02-'04 3.5RL as they have side airbags as well. Safety IS important.
I'll report back when the collision center and insurance adjusters have their say.
Update 4/8/09: New Pics (sadly) added...
1993 Legend LS Coupe 6spd-Sirius White Pearl-24K (12/04-?)
1993 Legend LS Sedan-Sirius White Pearl 80K- (8/00-4/09 R.I.P.)
1988 Legend L Coupe-Noble Silver Metallic (8/04-10/05)
1988 Legend L-Olympia White (2/04-12/04)
1987 Legend L-Ascot Grey Metallic (12/89-2/04)