Rare BMW a write-off in smash

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By JENNY LING

A PHO­TOG­RA­PHER is left with­out work or wheels af­ter a bus smashed into three parked cars and re­duced them to man­gled wrecks.

Jared Donkin’s two cars, in­clud­ing a rare cus­tomised BMW, were writ­ten off af­ter the spec­tac­u­lar crash on Mt Eden Rd on Fe­bru­ary 11 at 3.40am. A Subaru be­long­ing to a neigh­bour was also dam­aged.

Po­lice and John­stons Coach­lines, the com­pany that man­ages Air­port Ex­press buses, are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the crash.

‘‘It was re­ally loud,’’ Mr Donkin says.

‘‘I was asleep but I heard smash­ing glass and the car alarm go­ing off.

‘‘I chucked on some pants and ran out­side as fast as I could.

‘‘The cars were piled up on the side­walk and there was glass every­where.’’

Mr Donkin says the force of the im­pact pushed the Nis­san about 17 me­tres down the road, while the BMW and Subaru were moved three car lengths away.

His cars were worth around $16,000 and he’d spent $3000 on a new clutch, brakes and cam belt.

He also had a cus­tom built BMX bike worth $2500 in the back of the Nis­san.

Mr Donkin is seek­ing $13,000 from the bus com­pany to re­place his cars, which were not in­sured.

He has also asked the bus com­pany for com­pen­sa­tion for loss of work un­til the in­sur­ance is paid out.

‘‘My job re­lies on my hav­ing a car,’’ he says.

‘‘I’ve had four photo-shoots that I’ve had to can­cel.

‘‘I’ve got work all weekend and I can’t get to them. I’ll have to take a taxi.’’

‘‘Bad things hap­pen but if it could be sorted out fast it’s not too bad. I liked the BMW, it’s a shame that what I get paid out won’t be able to get some­thing sim­i­lar. It’s quite a rare car.’’

John­stons Coach­lines gen­eral man­ager Gra­ham Southall says he will try to help Mr Donkin.

‘‘If he needs a ve­hi­cle to get around we’d look at get­ting a rental car for him.’’

Mr Southall says an in­ves­ti­ga­tion should be fin­ished this week.

Rare BMW: Jared Donkin with his smashedBMWMS­port. Spec­tac­u­lar crash:

Jared Donkin’s two cars lay smashed up on Mt Eden Rd im­me­di­ately af­ter a bus ca­reered into them.

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