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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- Colonial Heights Police said no charges will be filed after a SUV sped through a car wash parking lot, across a busy road and traveled more than 100 yards before hitting a major power box at the courthouse Wednesday afternoon.

The accident knocked out power to the courthouse for half the day, before it was replaced by Virginia Dominion Power.

Witnesses told police that a car wash employee went to move the SUV forward, when the vehicle suddenly accelerated.

The employee was able to miss two parked cars before trying to slam on the brakes to no success.

After crossing Dupuy Avenue, the SUV hit the curb, knocking the driver out of the seat and onto the ground.

Sheriff Todd Wilson said the SUV never slowed down and continued almost the length of a football field before slamming into the large green power box on the north side of the courthouse.

The employee was slightly injured and required medical attention at the hospital.

Bob Schrum, the owner of Flagstop Car Wash, said his employees are provided a list of cars, trucks and SUVs that have been proven prone to unintentional acceleration. In fact, he said the instances have been well documented by the National Car Wash Association.

Schrum said about a month ago that all 120 of his employees took part in a safety seminar provided by his insurance company, which touched on sudden unintentional acceleration.

The car wash employee slated to return to work Friday.

RELATED: VIDEO: SUV rolls away from car wash, knocks out power at courthouse




    • Parris Boyd

      Good question, MAK. The auto industry is trying to keep things quiet regarding evidence of electronic defects causing unintended acceleration, amidst complicity by this corporate-controlled government and its presstitute media stooges. I’ve been blogging about the electronics issue – hope you’ll visit. Search “Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU…”

  • charleneblake

    Toyota is #1 in cases of sudden unintended acceleration and FORD is #2. The current unintended acceleration plaguing newer vehicles is the electronically-induced type. The engine throttle control systems depend on computer software to command them. Sometimes glitches occur…like in some of your other electronic devices…which can cause the command to be different than what you desire. The evidence of the glitch is often undetectable after the vehicle is restarted. Unfortunately, the EDR (black box) is not always accurate as shown by expert Dr. Antony Anderson in his analysis of a 2012 Toyota Highlander. The EDR results indicated the driver was not braking when she was doing so. The EDR results are inconsistent.

    The key to avoiding a horrific crash during a SUA event is whether or not the vehicle has an effective fail-safe in the event a glitch occurs. If it does not, as in the case of the glitch-prone Toyota ETCS-i, then the vehicle may become a runaway with an ineffective means to stop it. Unfortunately, the safety standards aren’t as strict in automobiles as they are in airplanes. Some manufacturers have more effective fail-safes than others. In the case of Toyota, an embedded software expert, Michael Barr (see Oklahoma Bookout vs. Toyota court case involving a 2005 Camry) found that an electronic glitch could induce a SUA event. Another expert, Dr. Henning Leidecker, found that a SUA event could also be triggered by “tin whisker” formation, particularly in 2002-2006 Toyota Camry vehicles.

    SUA events have been DEADLY for vehicle occupants as well as pedestrians and people in storefronts, buildings, and even homes. The numbers of such crashes are ever-increasing with the advent of the very complex ELECTRONIC throttle control systems.

    With the increase in such serious vehicle crashes, there is a concerted effort to show driver “pedal misapplication” or a “medical condition” or some other reason for the incident…anything other than a vehicle defect. Investigators aren’t scrutinizing the buggy electronic throttle control software or other conditions that can elicit a terrifying sudden unintended acceleration incident. They usually just examine the *mechanical* causes which tend to be just red herrings in these cases. Investigators simply don’t have the expertise to find such electronic glitches. In fact, the staff at the NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, do not have this very specialized training!

    Think of it…the next step in electronically-controlled vehicles seems to be so-called “self-driving cars.” Do YOU want to be in a such a vehicle when there is no evidence that strict safety standards, particularly in the throttle control system’s software, have been adhered to? Will you just BLINDLY trust the automaker (criminally-investigated and nearly-prosecuted Toyota and soon-to-be GM and others?) to come through for you and your family’s safety *on its own*?

    A recently published Huffington Post article by Jonathan Handel,
    How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says ‘Trust Us’
    Posted: 07/01/2014 7:23 pm EDT Updated: 07/02/2014 1:48 pm EDT speaks to these very issues and poses tough questions about Google’s “driverless” vehicles. Educate yourself carefully before you put your faith in automakers who have knowingly lied to their customers and the government for decades. Study the issue of vehicle electronic sudden unintended acceleration and ask WHY we aren’t seeing it addressed publicly. WHY is blame placed on the driver with little more than speculation about which pedal was used or with little more than an assumption on medical condition. This is being done *even when the drivers steadfastly cite a VEHICLE PROBLEM as the cause of the crash. Absence of proof is not proof of absence of a serious ELECTRONIC computer glitch or other electronically-caused SUA.

  • Parris Boyd

    Be careful not to reveal the make and model of the vehicle, especially since Honda has now admitted to electronically-induced unintended acceleration, and embedded systems expert Michael Barr found evidence galore of electronically-induced unintended acceleration in Toyotas. Read “Toyota’s killer firmware: Bad design and its consequences.”
    * Toyota’s electronic throttle control system (ETCS) source code is of unreasonable quality.
    * Toyota’s source code is defective and contains bugs, including bugs that can cause unintended acceleration (UA).
    * Code-quality metrics predict presence of additional bugs.
    * Toyota’s fail-safes are defective and inadequate (referring to them as a ‘house of cards’ safety architecture).
    * Misbehaviours of Toyota’s ETCS are a cause of UA.
    While runaway vehicles most often involve Toyotas, other brands are far from immune, and Mr. Barr’s findings raise questions about the reliability of electronic throttle controls regardless of the make. Drivers attempting to park or exit parking spaces is the most frequent setting for events that suggest electronic defects. While such events can happen at any time, the usual scenario is characterized by very low speed, driver’s foot likely on the brake, when the vehicle suddenly takes off like a rocket. Car wash environments are now notorious for these events, and vehicles crashing into buildings from parking lots has reached epidemic proportions as the auto industry tries to delay implementing fail-safe standards on par with those that have been mandated for years in the airline industry. Drivers are being unjustly charged, and recent crashes pointing to electronic defects have involved drivers who are certainly not elderly. Acknowledged crook Toyota is being allowed to ignore Mr. Barr’s findings, and NASA physicist Henning Leidecker is warning of increased risk of unintended acceleration in ’02-’06 Camrys due to “tin whiskers” growing in the pedal sensors. I’ve been blogging about the electronics issue. Search “Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU…”

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