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howisthispossible Wed 06-Mar-19 18:35:43

So, sister was parked outside the post office today, with her jack Russell dog loose inside the car (not sure if this is relevant)
She’s told me that she got back into the car and her foot slipped and it’s flown forward with such force that it’s mounted a kerb and smashed right through the wall outside the post office. Looks like the wall was hit at about 30 mph to be honest.
She keeps changing her story though and now is saying she wasn’t in the car and it just rolled forwards as the handbrake must have failed (which would have just bumped the wall I imagine, not crashed through it)
DH thinks the dog has jumped into the footwell and hit the accelerator.
Is this possible in an automatic car?
I just can’t work out why her story keeps changing.

Mmmhmmm Wed 06-Mar-19 18:36:43

Does she have a drinking problem?

19lottie82 Wed 06-Mar-19 18:38:09

DH thinks the dog has jumped into the footwell and hit the accelerator

A bit of a bizarre theory! I’m not saying it happened, but I’d say it would be a lot more likely that your sister was under the influence!

howisthispossible Wed 06-Mar-19 18:39:34

No definitely not drunk. She’d been with me all day.
I just cannot work out how she’s gone from being parked to completely demolishing a wall.
And why keep changing her story?

DGRossetti Wed 06-Mar-19 18:49:59

Sudden unintended acceleration events

WeeDangerousSpike Wed 06-Mar-19 18:53:47

Hit the accelerator instead of the brake? I did this once as a new driver when approaching a junction, plenty of time to correct, luckily, but it was terrifying.

Would the dog have been heavy enough to press it? And the engine would have to be running, obviously.

I suspect she's changing her story to try reduce her liability, and or her embarrassment.

WeeDangerousSpike Wed 06-Mar-19 18:57:22

To clarify, terrifying because you press the brake much harder than the accelerator, so the speed increase is very rapid, and there is a split second that you actually 'brake' harder, so speed up even faster, before your brain cuts in and figures out what's going on. Doing it parked a pavement's width from a wall could easily do major damage I would have thought.

GregoryPeckingDuck Wed 06-Mar-19 18:58:05

Someone I knew did this. Hit the he accelerator instead of the break and pressed harder when the car sped up. No dog involved.

FoxSquadKitten Wed 06-Mar-19 18:58:27

I doubt a Jack Russell would be heavy enough to do that.

minionsrule Wed 06-Mar-19 18:59:55

Was the engine running whilst it was unattended? I doubt the dog could do it in an automatic unless she left it running and in Drive.... if running and in Park then no one could accelerate incorrectly. Dog couldn't even accidently put it onto drive as you have to press a button on gear stick to do that hmm

Sexnotgender Wed 06-Mar-19 19:01:54

Did the dog put the car in gear too or was that your sister?

Dog wouldn’t be heavy enough to depress the accelerator.

thenightsky Wed 06-Mar-19 19:02:07

Dog did well to put the car into Drive before jumping on the accelerator. Must be one heavy JR grin

thenightsky Wed 06-Mar-19 19:03:26

I mean, I know Jack Russells are intelligent little dogs, but.... hmm

NewPapaGuinea Wed 06-Mar-19 19:05:47

So she left it in drive with the handbrake on? Yeah likely story!

JellyBook Wed 06-Mar-19 19:08:58

I drove into my garage once in an automatic car. I should mention the garage door was down and I intended just parking on the drive.

I couldn’t explain how I made such a stupid mistake. Turned out I was in very early pregnancy at the time- not sure if that was related, a blip in vital levels or something?

A bit worrying that she’s changing her story, I would be inclined to challenge her on that.

SchadenfreudePersonified Wed 06-Mar-19 19:09:37

Dog wouldn’t be heavy enough to depress the accelerator.

And there wouldn't be room for the dog (even it was wearing a rucksack full of bricks) to get into the footwell and press the accelerator without her being aware of it - there's not that much room in the driver's footwell!

SchadenfreudePersonified Wed 06-Mar-19 19:10:56

Really fortunate that there was no-one between her car and the wall . . .

BeanTownNancy Wed 06-Mar-19 19:11:44

Cars don't just spontaneously start when you touch the accelerator, surely you would need to start the engine first either by turning the key or pressing the "start" button? I say she put it in drive instead of reverse and powered into the wall instead of pulling out of the space. Now she's backtracking to try and avoid liability.

SchadenfreudePersonified Wed 06-Mar-19 19:11:58

Also - dogs, like children, should;d ALWAYS be restrained in vehicles.

tattooq Wed 06-Mar-19 19:11:58

That is totally bizarre. I guess she was just embarrassed and is blaming the dog?

TinklyLittleLaugh Wed 06-Mar-19 19:14:19

I once slammed into DH’s car on our drive in my brand new automatic. Thought I had put it in drive when I had put it in reverse (gears in opposite position to previous car). Then thought the car was rolling back so applied the acceleration to go forward. Oops!

Possibly a similar scenario happened to your sister.

Whatsnewpussyhat Wed 06-Mar-19 19:14:25

Either way, your DSis is full of shit and digging herself into a hole.
Wonder what story she'll tell her insurance company?
Does the PO not have CCTV?

GreatDuckCookery6211 Wed 06-Mar-19 19:14:27

As an aside dogs by law should be suitably restrained while in a car OP.

Dontcarewhatimdoing Wed 06-Mar-19 19:14:39

I am not sure what the changing story is all about, but I have seen an accident before where an automatic car gained an awful lot of speed very quickly, so it is plausible that her first story was true. It seems a lot more likely than the other options.

MedicalMystery1 Wed 06-Mar-19 19:15:31

Unfortunately, this very well can happen.

I once went to start a car that had been sitting in my drive way for a few months.

I always (wrecklessly) lent in and turnt the key to run the engine for a few minutes, instead of actually getting in the car.

On one occasion the car went through the drive gates, across the road and knocked down a small wall. Luckily no one was hurt but I have definitely learnt my lesson to always get in the car before starting engine!

Needless to say, I no longer have the car!!

May I also had, the handbreak was on when this happened, when taken to the garage, machanic confirmed hand break worked and didn’t understand how the car moved with speed with the handbreak on.

He did a break test and the breaks/hand break were absolutely fine.

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