Chandler, Arizona, NBC affiliate Channel 12 has the harrowing story of a runaway Toyota that nearly killed a boy.
Driver Chuck Schmeiser pulled his 2008 Prius into a grassy parking lot. A boy helped the driver ease up the car to a berm and park the Prius. Then, says Schmeiser, “The car just accelerated, went over the berm, and at that time we did hit that young man.”
Luckily, the boy fell to the left and was unharmed. “We hit that boy, and if that boy hadn’t gone off to the left of our car, if he had fallen in front of our car, we very well could have killed him,” Schmeiser said.
Chuck says jamming on the brake did nothing, but he finally managed to stop the car. How, wasn’t explained. The video shows the front wheels of the car just on the other side of the berm, about two feet from where it was supposed to stop.
The Prius was towed to the local dealer. A Toyota tech inspected the Prius and declared driver error.
The dealer bought back the car. The boy assumed his parking direction duties the same day the harrowing incident occurred.
And the driver? Watch the video. You’ll notice he belongs to a certain demographic.
The commentators at the Channel 12 website are a bit rough on the man. The comments range from “Is this fool living in a cave or under a rock?” to plain “Idiot.”