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#1 Hum

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 00:04

What do you get when an elderly woman and her car for a nice shopping trip? A boring drive? A lazy trip there and back? A speeding flight off the third floor?

Strap in, because this one is a doozy!

On July 4, around 2:30 p.m., a 69-year-old retired woman in Kobe, Japan, got in her car to head home after a shopping trip. Everything was going fine until she touched the gas pedal and the car leapt forward, rushing furiously through the parking lot and bursting through the iron railing.

She had been parked on the third floor of the parking structure.

From a full seven meters (about 23 feet) up, the old woman and her car rocketed 15 meters straight out of the building and landed on another car.

However, that’s not where this story ends. The car she landed on served to cushion the impact, but her own vehicle didn’t stop!

The car then blasted forward again, damaging other cars parks in the vicinity, and dropped off a ledge before running into the parking lot tollbooth and finally coming to a stop.

Amazingly, the elderly woman sustained only light injuries to her right arm.

Upon questioning, the police found out that the driver had not, in fact, suddenly been possessed with the urge to become a stunt woman. Instead, it seems that the car accidentally accelerated itself. The investigation is ongoing, so we’re still not sure if there really was a malfunction with the car or not.

Japanese Twitter users were mostly amazed and relieved that there were no serious injuries. However a number were also skeptical that the car “sped up on its own” and suggested that the woman had mistakenly stepped on the wrong pedal.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 00:13

Probably a Toyota, right? :shiftyninja:



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 00:15

Now this I would have loved to seen on video.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 00:20

"Come on kids !  Day out with grandma! " :woot:



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 00:39

I'm betting the elderly lady will later be found to be at fault.

I know she told police she wasn't, but that doesn't mean anything until proven.

 

Here in Melbourne Australia, we've had two elderly people drive cars into buildings just this week.  

It happens way too often and involves confused people a lot more than faulty Toyotas.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 00:40

Now this I would have loved to seen on video.

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I hope some security footage or something of this leaks because it would be amazing to watch.

 

I haven't heard much about the computerized gas pedals giving people issues lately, but I've personally experienced one going on the fritz and we all know about the big thing with Toyota years back, so maybe this is one of those cases.  I find it hard to believe that after falling 23 feet and landing on another car, she hit the gas again hard enough to drive off the car and run into the parking meter, sounds more logical that there was some sort of failure with the car itself.

 

Hope we get updates to this story, :-)



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 00:42

happens all the time here, people driving in to pools, smashing in to houses and businesses...   usually elderly people who hit the gas instead of the brake