Skip to comments.Did Bankrupt Runaway Prius Driver Fake "Unintended Acceleration?"
Posted on 03/11/2010 3:43:46 PM PST by NotThere
James Sikes, the San Diego runaway Toyota Prius driver, filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and now has over $700,000 in debt. According to one anonymous tipster, we're also told he hasn't been making payments on his Prius.
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This guy has scammer written all over him.
Maybe he'll get an Oscar.
Or maybe get arrested.
Yes I was thinking that this was an easy way to get his 15 minutes of fame. Now arrest this SOB!
I smelled a rat from the first on this caper.
If true, I hope Toyota sues him. They’ve got the money and lawyers to make it stick.
“Surprised it took this long to come out. This guy has scammer written all over him.”
I thought: “Why didn’t he put it in neutral and turn off the ignition?”
Then when I saw him being interviewed I knew the guy was a scam artist.... “The eyes are the windows to the soul.”
Me too. The 911 dispatcher repeatedly told him to shift the car into nuetral and he never did. Sounds like a scam to me.
There’s another case where a car supposedly accelerated and hit a wall. You can bet a number of people looking to either cash in or get rid of of their cars or both will be pulling these stunts.
My car did this once. I was 16, new driver and the gas pedal just hit the floor without my having stepped on it and it took off full speed on a winding road with a cliff on each side. Talk about scared to death! I didn’t have alot of experience with cars but i did put it into neutral finally which wasn’t easy when i was trying to find neutral while trying to stay on the road. Engine still was running full bore. drifted to the side , pulled out the key and the damned engine was STILL revving!!!!
it was an oldsmobile and it turned out to be a problem with the cruise control system even though i wasn’t using the cruise control.
He supposedly can barely answer easy questions about his location, but then when asked about the accelerator he suddenly goes into a detailed explanation. This is fishy.
I knew it was fake when he was claiming his Prius was going over 80mph...
When he was interviewed and asked why he didn’t try putting the Prius into neutral, he said he was ‘afraid the car would flip...’ and I remember thinking, a tiny Prius, flip? And then maybe he was just not a ‘car guy’ but even though I don’t drive a Toyota, even I recall hearing ‘put it in neutral.’
Hope Toyota sues HIM!
I can take the key out of one of my F150s going down the road. In fact I often take the key out and stick it in my pocket so I won’t forget and leave it in the ignition.
But this guy supposedly dug out his phone and called 911. (Newspeople are so gullible.)
What's his motive? Without an injury, he has no lawsuit. (You cannot sue in California for "emotional distress" alone; emotional distress damages can only be added to a case in which there were physical injuries.)
I think he's a phony, too, but I had a 2010 Prius as rental last month. I thought I'd see what it could do and I was at 95 mph on I-26 in no time. I actually liked the car aside from the exterior styling.
Blackmail? Is he a "community activist?" Did he vote for the Kenyan? Has a former Japanese wife he hates?
The possibilities are endless.
He risked the lives of many people if indeed this was a scam (and I thought from the beginning that it was).
I now think he's just another scammer.
*sigh* I hate it when I have to take off my rose colored glasses. :(
One day when I was going to school, I stepped on the brake pedal and it went to the floor. I was approaching an intersection, so I pulled on the Emergency Brake Lever, downshifted and turned right at the corner so I wouldn't get hit by the cross traffic. I was able to stop it after I made the turn thanks to the low gearing in Second Gear.
I had probably been driving about three months at that point, and I knew what to do. Both my Brother and Father were Car Mechanics, and they have always used the term “operator error” when dealing with situations like the Prius Driver had. People are helpless when faced with out of the ordinary circumstances.
Hard to say. The games that people come up with continue to amaze me.
Said he's behind on the Prius payment, right?
So maybe he makes a deal with Toyota where all is forgiven, gosh-I-know-ya-make-mistakes, and Akio Toyoda shows up to hand him the keys to a spankin' new LX470.
Just to show what great guys they are.
Think like a grifter....the possibilities are endless.
At the car site Jalopnik , they show that Mr. Sikes is the proud owner of an adult swinger's website, among other things....
Jimmy's sort of a bad boy...