First ‘Accelerated’ Toyota Crash Reported In Queens
Warnings issued by Toyota came too late for an elderly Queens couple who told police last week they were victims of a sticky accelerator on their 2009 ToyotaCamry.
Jerry Silver, an 86-year-old WWII survivor who stormed Omaha Beach in 1944, told police he was driving home along Queens Boulevard at about 3 p.m. on February 13 when the accelerator stuck. Silver’s car is one of eight models recently recalled by Toyota for accelerator problems.
Police sources said Silver told investigators he “felt helpless” when the accelerator failed. Silver, who was treated at New York Hospital of Queens for minor injuries he suffered in the incident, told police the car suddenly sped up.
“The harder I braked, the faster it went,” Silver said. “I’m trying to stop and the car is going faster,” he told police. Silver said he lost control seconds later, and collided with two parked cars in front of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.
An investigation will determine whether the cause of the crash was in fact prompted by a defective accelerator pedal in the recent recalls by Toyota.—Liz Goff