On Nov 18, 2009, Carla stopped on a heavily congested freeway. The driver behind her did not.
“I was pretty redundant: ‘Please just check the baby first…Please just check that the baby has a heartbeat.’”
Equipped for the Unexpected
As do all Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedans today, Carla’s 2008 S63 AMG provided 10-way occupant protection through sophisticated airbag technology -- a world’s first when it debuted on the driver’s side in the 1981 S-Class. Her vehicle also featured another Mercedes-Benz innovation: the crumple zone. Following the accident, Carla and her husband, Bill, got the only car they felt could ever replace their 2008 S63 AMG:
a 2008 S63 AMG.
Paiten, the baby formerly known as “Crash,” was born on Friday, February 19, 2010, at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. She tipped the scale at 6 pounds 7 ounces and measured 19.5 inches in length.
Just the Facts
The official accident report reads: “D-1 failed to use due care/decrease speed, and the front of V-1 struck the rear of V-2. V-2 traveled southeast across the #3, #2, #1 travel lanes and entered the inside shoulder. The front of V-2 struck the raised concrete median barrier...V-2 came to rest facing southeast partially in the inside shoulder and partially in the #1 travel lane in contact with the median barrier.”
Carla was hit from behind while stopped in traffic on the southbound side of I-15 near the Sahara Avenue interchange (shown here) – an area in which accidents are common due to congestion. In cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the City of Las Vegas, the Nevada Department of Transportation is currently undertaking a project to improve transportation in the I-15 corridor from Sahara Avenue to US-95.