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(SanDiego UnionTribune)   Elderly driver crashes car into building, manages to suspend the car over a 20 foot drop. (with awesome "just hanging out" pic.)   ( divider line
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2013-02-06 11:40:15 PM  
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My money says he knocked it into neutral, gunned it, gunned it some more, then knocked it back into drive while gunning it.
2013-02-06 10:01:00 PM  
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Someone should introduce these two.
2013-02-06 09:46:17 PM  
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fusillade762: I mean, who still calls that area "The Orient"?

2013-02-06 09:26:35 PM  
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Dafodude: That Camry looks old enough to have a direct accelerator cable and not an electronic fly-by-wire type setup.  Probably poorly maintained.  That's assuming he's telling the truth and didn't actually fat-foot the wrong pedal instead.

Anyway, there's a reason you don't need to press the button on the shifter handle in that car to move it from "D" to "N" when the engine starts racing uncontrollably.  Just slap it forward and bam, you're in neutral, and THEN you steer to safety and THEN shut off the ignition.  And it says ALL of this in the friggin' owner's manual.

If you're not ready to react to an equipment failure in your vehicle, you're not ready to be behind the wheel, regardless of your age.

The way this usually works is they think they're already stomping on the brakes, so when the car takes off flying, their inclination is to stomp on the brakes more. And keep flooring the accelerator.

Brain seizes up when thinks its doing the right thing, then despite evidence to contrary keeps doing it.
2013-02-06 09:23:26 PM  
1 vote:
I don't believe him at all.
2013-02-06 08:41:52 PM  
1 vote:
Possibly related:

Toyota to spend $1.1 billion on unintended acceleration claims

Camry's fault or driver's fault?

/Either way, orientals are involved
2013-02-06 08:26:31 PM  
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Mugato: Eh, 70's not that elderly anymore. She's just a moron.

Oh, it's a guy. Couldn't tell.
2013-02-06 08:22:00 PM  
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I love this photo very much.  I think the last time I had "love at first sight" with a photo to this degree was the first time I saw this photo:

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The new photo will not replace Mosh Girl.  For me, nothing can.  But the photo in this story is pretty damn special.
2013-02-06 08:20:10 PM  
1 vote:
Eh, 70's not elderly anymore. She's just a moron.
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