We all know that bad accidents happen to good people, and the ladies and gentlemen of the world who get paid to test pre-production cars are no exception to this rule. It’s common sense: drive a car enough miles in different circumstances and the likelihood of a crash inherently increases.
But what happens when you crash your prototype car into an influential blogger’s daily driver? You arrive here: NOTCOT.com founder Jean Aw tweeted and wrote about a recent car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in California, only to find that the other vehicle involved was a camouflaged 2012 Honda CR-V development vehicle.
Aw reported this morning that she was struck while merging her Toyota Highlander onto the PCH in Los Angeles. She claims the CR-V tried to take a hard left onto Entrada Drive, striking her car and pushing it into (stopped) oncoming traffic. Aw was taken to the hospital via ambulance; the Highlander was towed and ultimately declared totaled.
Crucially, Aw also took photos—a lot of them. Thanks to her cell phone camera, we got a clear look at what she says is the vehicle at fault. It’s a black-on-black 2012 Honda CR-V, wearing black vinyl camouflage on its hood and rear hatch. She also caught a shot (from her stretcher, no less) of the driver, who looks fairly distraught as he leans on the prototype with its airbags deployed.
Aw’s photos help confirm the 2012 CR-V concept Honda unveiled earlier this week does largely foreshadow the upcoming production vehicle. For now, Aw says she’s recovering nicely and is now in the process of filing insurance claims and looking for a new car. Jean, might we suggest a Toyota SUV that would fend off CR-Vs a little better—a nice, large Sequoia, perhaps?