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The truck driver accelerates toward the man. The man dives out of the way to avoid the truck, which instead goes on to crash into a tree.

Would you include "instead" as I have done or does it seem wrong to you?

(Note: The truck driver is deliberately trying to run the man over with his truck)

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I think the "instead" there captures part of what you want to say: the truck hit the tree rather than the man.

Whether it sounds right or needed really depends on the full context - the actual surrounding sentences you summarize in the Note.

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