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Deborah and Steve rounded the corner, as they’d done a million times before. Except this time, there was an SUV headed straight for them.
“My family is precious to me -- they are what I live for. They are my number one love. They are my number one…everything”
The Only Thing Left Behind
Steve and Deborah walked away from the accident. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of a special CD made by their daughter, Catherine -- who also goes by “Kasia.”
Avid travelers, the Phillips have trekked to places across the globe such as China, Malaysia and Egypt -- and they try to save all of their ticket stubs and admissions slips along the way. According to Deborah, the family keeps a “bucket list” of must-visit destinations that currently includes Peru, Australia and even Antarctica. In her words, they “love seeing different cultures and just getting ‘out there’.”
Bearing the Brunt
More than 75% of the advanced body structure in the Phillips family’s 2009 C300 Luxury Sedan was built from High- and Ultra-High-Strength steel. The vehicle also featured front and rear crumple zones, as well as staggered underhood components to reduce the likelihood of their intruding into the cabin during a severe frontal impact. Following the accident, the Phillips bought the same car -- a perfect complement to the 1998 E320 Sedan already in their garage.
A “Rough” Sketch
As reported in the Stamford Advocate on June 13, 2010, a sport utility vehicle traveling south on Long Ridge Road crossed the double-yellow line, sideswiped a car headed northbound and then struck the Phillips head on at about 11:00 am. This diagram from the accident report shows what police found at the scene.