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Rare BMW a write-off in smash

JENNY LING
Last updated 05:00 19/02/2014
Ziyu Xiao

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

Ziyu Xiao
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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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.

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