Thursday, February 28, 2013

Another Accelerator Got Stuck

Last August we heard the story of Lauri Ulvestad, whose accelerator got stuck in her 2011 Kia Sorrento.  Her car wound up taking her 59 miles in 35 minutes, averaging over 100 MPH.

Now we hear that a similar event occurred in December.  In this case a 16-year old boy - Elez Lushaj - dialed 911 to report the gas pedal being stuck in his 2011 Hyundai Elantra.  Alisha Bumelis was the first dispatcher to handle his call.

His car began speeding to over 120 MPH.  His journey covered more than 90 miles of Texas highway in less than one hour.  The ride finally ended when his car crashed and flipped over multiple times.

Elez will reportedly recover and be ok.  But he did sustain multiple broken bones.

All told, the driver crossed through 4 counties and a dozen law enforcement jurisdictions.  That meant he was repeatedly transferred to different 911 dispatchers.

The case is now in the hands of the family's attorney.

This is the dramatic video capture by the dash cam of a police officer...

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