Every single news agency has turned their attention to a car crash in California involving a Toyota Prius. The driver claimed the accelerator got stuck on a California freeway and most media outlets suggest the Patrol officer had to slow it down. It’s a story that makes an instant celebrity, and the media loves to broadcast the hype.
First, anyone that has driven a Prius knows that such a car does not have the power to ‘JUMP’ forward no matter how quick and hard you press the gas pedal. Furthermore, the ability to accelerate in a Prius is so modest, not even the most paranoid driver would be startled by its speeding up.
Secondly, this driver not only had time to call the police after it “ran out of control” he managed to drive the car for another 20 minutes until the police showed up. How out of control could the car have been if he was driving on a busy highway for nearly half an hour?
Finally, contrary to the news reports shown below, the CHP officer never helped the Prius slow down. The official CHP report says the officer’s car never came in contact with the Prius until the two cars were stopped on the side of the road. So in other words, the driver of the Prius eventually came to a stop all by himself.
Once the car slowed to around 50 mph, Sikes turned off the car’s engine and it rolled to a stop with the trooper’s car in front of it. The two cars did not touch, police said.
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