Everyone needs a friend named Dave ….

I have this friend Dave, I like to think of him as Captain Dave!

You know how in the hero cartoon, the key character always manages to be in the same place as where the bank robbery takes place, or the aliens arrive?  Dave is like that.  Action/fatalities/crime/car accidents attract and attach themselves to Dave, in a measure that I can’t even begin to hint at.

So Dave tells me this story yesterday:

So we drove back from Knysna to Cape Town via Oudtshoorn, and about 40km from Oudtshoorn we came across a miracle, right after it happened. The man you see below was really able to ‘Dodge the bullet.”

The driver was proceeding from George towards Oudtshoorn and a KUDU suddenly sprang from the bush (afterwards we were able to find its tracks and the actual launch spot) and jumped right before the car. It was killed on impact.

<<these images may disturb sensitive viewers, especially if you have an issue with faeces, and kudus inside Toyotas….>>

 

Not only did it hit his car, it smashed the windscreen, tore a section of the roof away and flew right through the car, blowing open the rear hatch.

The driver ducked instinctively as it happened and was able to avoid most of the carnage. He also held tightly onto the steering wheel, suffering only slight injury to his one hand and a whack to the face from the airbag.

When he lifted his head he was on the gravel on the ‘wrong side of the road’ where he was able to stop the car without losing control.

The KUDU went right through the windscreen, leaving an awful mess on the way. The impact blew the hatchback as the KUDU left through the back of the car…

Fortunately there were no other passengers or they would be covered…

The KUDU left some of his lunch in the boot … and also his large colon …..

KUDU escape route ….

 very lucky man, who probably will not look at KUDU biltong again in the same light ….

The morale of this story:

1.  I could drive down a thousand roads, and I would never see this shit, David will always see this sort of thing.

2.  A KUDU is not to be trifled with.

3.  Seat belts do not save your life, it would seem eye-ducking co-ordination is all the rage this season.

4.  If he did not have a hatch back where would that KUDU go?

5.  I liked the idea that this guy was prepared for all emergencies, but the Booster Cable in his boot helped him not at all.

Incredible – he could have glanced away from the road to change the channel, adjust the air-conditioner and it would have been a totally different story.

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12 Comments

  1. mandy hales

     /  February 22, 2012

    thank you lord what an amazing story GOD RULES!!!!

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  2. Mandi Earl

     /  February 21, 2012

    Shit sherlock!! God was looking after you that day, Asi!

    Amazing story…

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  3. julz

     /  February 21, 2012

    Jaw Drop! Glad the guy is okay. Sad for the suicidal kudu and amazing pics Dave.

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  4. Oh my worrrd. That is gross and amazing.

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  5. Dave D'Aguiar

     /  February 21, 2012

    Hi Asi, You were a total inspiration to me at the scene, just so in touch with the moment! I trust the rest of your life is just like that. I know in my heart you are destined for great things, you were not meant to die that day. Keep in touch via this blog and let us know what you get up to! Your story will be told many times over, I have no doubt. At least there are pictures to bear witness to the miracle! Dave

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  6. Asi Ligege

     /  February 21, 2012

    I am the driver of the car. The seat belt and air bags saved my life. The car is a 2005 ford focus 2.0 tdci hatchback. GOD IS THE MAIN SAVIOUR. Without HIS LOVE, i would have died. I did not have the chance to respond, the kudu just appeared from the sky and fell on my bonnet/hood. I was unconscious for some time and drove will in that state. When i came to, i reacted buy looking left than right. Chose a safe spot to stop and the car rolled/crawled to a stand still. Had i applied brakes maybe i would have rolled the car over. GOD SAVED ME.

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    • reluctantmom

       /  February 21, 2012

      It is an amazing story.

      Dave said how composed you were, considering you had just had a KUDU fly through your car.

      An incredible story, and amazing that you survived the incident. I dont’ think any one will really believe how incredible an incident it was unless they were there, or saw the photographs!!

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    • julz

       /  February 21, 2012

      Asi so pleased you are okay and your amazing ability to stay clear headed probably saved not only your life but quite possibly others.

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  7. Amanda

     /  February 21, 2012

    friggin bloody hell!!!

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  8. That is quite something! YOH!

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  9. Paul

     /  February 21, 2012

    “Captain Dave,” right place right time, once again!! Actually heard him talking about this on Cape Talk. Amazing that this bloke got out of this ordeal alive.

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