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Law Firm: Prius Runaway Driver Won't Sue Toyota
kmx1070 ^ | Posted: Thursday, 11 March 2010 4:32PM

Posted on 03/11/2010 5:08:20 PM PST by Touch Not the Cat

A law firm for the driver who says his Toyota Prius sped out of control in California doesn't plan to sue the Japanese automaker.

The Gomez Law Firm issued a statement Thursday, saying it represents James Sikes. It was unclear why the law firm was retained; a phone message to the firm wasn't immediately returned.

Sikes told authorities he was driving near San Diego on Monday when his accelerator stuck. He says the car reached 94 mph before a California Highway Patrol officer helped him slow down.

The statement said Sikes hopes an investigation will identify what caused the incident

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TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: jamessikes; prius; toyota; warontoyota

1 posted on 03/11/2010 5:08:21 PM PST by Touch Not the Cat
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To: Touch Not the Cat

The more I hear about this the less I’m believing it.


2 posted on 03/11/2010 5:13:48 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: Touch Not the Cat

Wait. What’s that I smell? It’s...it’s...it’s a rat.


3 posted on 03/11/2010 5:14:47 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: Touch Not the Cat

He’s not suing YET.


4 posted on 03/11/2010 5:18:52 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Touch Not the Cat

This clown needs a lawyer, maybe several. They will be very useful in helping to explain this guy’s previous bankruptcy, several foreclosures, issues with his Prius loan, and the fraud investigations against him elsewhere in California.

Wonder why the press isn’t looking into this?

My guess is that the guy was planning to take Toyota to the cleaners, but Toyota has discovered his shady past and he is now running for cover.


5 posted on 03/11/2010 5:21:44 PM PST by centurion316
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To: Touch Not the Cat

He has that law firm to protect him from a Toyota lawsuit.

The man is a would be scammer.


6 posted on 03/11/2010 5:24:16 PM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: Rational Thought
The more I hear about this the less I’m believing it.

Just read an article posted on Fark.com that this was a hoax. The guy is $700,000 in debt and had not made payments on his Prius.

We'll see......

7 posted on 03/11/2010 5:25:04 PM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit. There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: Touch Not the Cat

My bullcr@p meter was pegged off the board since hearing about this “incident”.


8 posted on 03/11/2010 5:26:24 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Touch Not the Cat

“driving near San Diego on Monday when his accelerator stuck”

His accelerator didn’t stick, his car accelerated out of control. If he’s not suing, he needs a new lawyer


9 posted on 03/11/2010 5:30:49 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Rational Thought

Won’t sue? Probably because they realized that the driver’s IP address had been logged in a search for LAW FIRMS prior to the accident?????????


10 posted on 03/11/2010 5:31:04 PM PST by HD1200
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To: llevrok

Thanks for that.

Here’s a link to that story...

http://jalopnik.com/5491101/did-bankrupt-runaway-prius-driver-fake-unintended-acceleration


11 posted on 03/11/2010 5:31:33 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: A CA Guy

He’s not suing YET.

That’s probably more accurate. If the details of this story are true, he should sue.


12 posted on 03/11/2010 5:33:00 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Cyman

“My bullcr@p meter was pegged off the board since hearing about this “incident”

What did your meter do when the CHP veteran was killed in a Toyota runaway acceleration? This case may be a hoax, but it isn’t an isolated incident. There is a definite problem with this drive by wire technology.It seems to be not ready for prime time and both Toyota and the NHTSA have known it for several years


13 posted on 03/11/2010 5:41:52 PM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Cyman

If the unwanted acceleration was freaking him out so bad how did he have the presence of mind to call 911?


14 posted on 03/11/2010 5:42:44 PM PST by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: llevrok
...this was a hoax..

Maybe, but the Highway Patrol officer who helped him said there was no doubt that the driver was applying his brakes and the car was not slowing down.

15 posted on 03/11/2010 5:45:44 PM PST by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Churchillspirit
Maybe, but the Highway Patrol officer who helped him said there was no doubt that the driver was applying his brakes and the car was not slowing down.

Standing on both pedals may do that.

16 posted on 03/11/2010 5:50:02 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Churchillspirit
More questioning of the incident

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Prius-Stopping-87404372.html

17 posted on 03/11/2010 5:50:10 PM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit. There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: Rational Thought
how can one prove that the accelerator stuck?....can't one simply hold there foot down?...and feign the rest of it?

I am just so suspicous of the antiToyota gang....

18 posted on 03/11/2010 5:51:04 PM PST by cherry
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To: centurion316

where did you get that info?


19 posted on 03/11/2010 5:51:54 PM PST by cherry
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To: Figment

“What did your meter do when the CHP veteran was killed in a Toyota runaway acceleration?”

To be quite honest about it, the meter almost pegged itself on that one also. I still have a hard time believing that modern day brakes, built to be 5 times more powerful as the accompanying car’s engine, failed to stop that or any car.

So yes, sadly I do doubt the facts of that case.


20 posted on 03/11/2010 5:52:17 PM PST by Cyman
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To: kickonly88

The people at “9-1-1” can’t stop your car. They would be the LAST people I would call, unless I was warning the public to get out of my way.

If my accelerator sticks, I’m looking to turn my car O*F*F any way possible. Screw the phone.


21 posted on 03/11/2010 5:52:34 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Cyman

I don’t believe anyone who doesn’t just put the car in neutral...stuck throttles were possible in the old days.

Happened once to me. Put the truck in neutral, moved to the side of the road, shut off the engine. Sprayed the linkage with WD40, tried it again - everything worked fine. Drove off without another thought. Never had a repeat.


22 posted on 03/11/2010 5:56:43 PM PST by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: Churchillspirit

Why? Because of the brake lights? That is easy to fake...just lightly touch them. Or maybe because the officer saw the car surge ahead, and fall back, and surge ahead, and fall back...that is also easy to fake. Just alternate brake and throttle. Or maybe the officer somehow saw through the door of the car, and could see that he was in fact sincerely applying the brakes.

About the only way I would accept the officer knowing that the brakes were actually being applied instead of just enough to trip the brake light switch is if he saw and smelled the brakes destruction. And that is easy to fake as well, you just modulate the brakes as you see fit to maintain momentum while straining the brakes. And as has been often pointed out, modern brakes are way more powerful than the respective engine. Especially in a Prius.


23 posted on 03/11/2010 6:01:02 PM PST by Spike Knotts
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To: Churchillspirit

Yeah and in his statement to “Inside Edition” he said, “I was pressing the gas pedal as hard as I could.” Apparently he was pushing both the gas and the brakes at the same time. That will definitely burn up a set of brakes. And he shut the car off after the cop told him to pull the emergency brake, but he couldn’t shift into neutral!


24 posted on 03/11/2010 6:18:18 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator
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To: cherry

Not from the press, that’s for sure. My source is a good one, but I can’t reveal it. Just tuck this away and wait to see if we eventually learn some more about this guy.


25 posted on 03/11/2010 6:35:38 PM PST by centurion316
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To: cherry

Ditto.

When I was a kid, I had a 68 cutlass. One time after just getting the carburetor worked on, I had an accelerator stick all the way to the floor. At 17, I had enough sense to put the car in neutral, pull it over and turn the key off.

I’m with you...I’m not buying this “Hal 9000 took my Toyota over” stuff.


26 posted on 03/11/2010 7:31:48 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: Cyman

It’s possible that the drive-by-wire system decided to ignore the brake or the automatic gear shift or both.


27 posted on 03/11/2010 7:37:59 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: Touch Not the Cat

The relentless attack on Toyota on CNN and NPR is mighty fishy. The timing of this guy’s story is just too pat for anyone who’s been around the block. Toyota is one of America’s largest employers. Toyota is a capitalist success story. Obama’s Communist regime is doing all it can to dismantle capitalism by destroying all that is successful in the capitalist arena. Doing in Toyota would be a big coup in bringing down capitalist Japan and America.


28 posted on 03/12/2010 12:15:29 AM PST by Mack Truck ( CAIR is the biggest enemy of free speech and freedom in America.)
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To: Carley

Did the officer help him to perpetrate the scam?


29 posted on 03/12/2010 12:17:23 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: antceecee

The driver refused to follow the instructions. When asked why he said he had to put the phone down on the seat so he didn’t hear the instructions. Then he said he was afraid to put the car in neutral because he thought the car would flip over.

His story doesn’t make sense.


30 posted on 03/12/2010 3:32:41 AM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: Carley

Yeah... I’ve been reading more on this and his story does not make sense.


31 posted on 03/12/2010 9:22:59 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Cyman

To be quite honest about it, the meter almost pegged itself on that one also. I still have a hard time believing that modern day brakes, built to be 5 times more powerful as the accompanying car’s engine, failed to stop that or any car.

So yes, sadly I do doubt the facts of that case.

I doubt very seriously that my car would stop if it was at full throttle. A big part of the vehicles stopping power is the engine and transmission


32 posted on 03/14/2010 12:02:51 AM PST by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment
Brakes can always overpower an engine from a dead stop trying to accelerate. When already traveling at speed and the engine goes full throttle, it is much more difficult to slow the vehicle.

In the case of the 2008 Prius, the gasoline engine has relatively low horsepower and torque, so I have a hard time believing the driver couldn't slow it down IF there actually was a stuck accelerator.

33 posted on 03/14/2010 12:29:22 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (Obamunism, the fatal cure for Bush Derangement Syndrome.)
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To: Figment

Now it has come to light that the gummint pukes and Toyota engineers have found that they couldn’t duplicate this frauds performance in his car. I thought from the get go this was a fraud....and now the more we learn of it that appears to be the case. Sort of like the 11 year old that flew all the way from Seattle to Washington to tell Congress her story about how her Mother lost her insurance and if the zero’s and the dumbcrats health bill would have been in place her Mother would be alive today.....


34 posted on 03/14/2010 12:47:43 AM PST by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: Kickass Conservative

In the case of the 2008 Prius, the gasoline engine has relatively low horsepower and torque, so I have a hard time believing the driver couldn’t slow it down IF there actually was a stuck accelerator.

Low horsepower and torque granted. At 90 MPH the problem is kinetic energy on top of the horsepower.This is an interesting situation with new technology. It could all be a hoax. I don’t know diddly squat about these cars, but I’m not comfortable with drive by wire brakes and throttles. Another question, is there a mechanical link to the transmission?
Car makers are eliminating all sorts of bulky mechanical links in order to save space and weight. Is this stuff being rushed o market? Is it ready for prime time?


35 posted on 03/26/2010 10:14:59 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Kickass Conservative

In the case of the 2008 Prius, the gasoline engine has relatively low horsepower and torque, so I have a hard time believing the driver couldn’t slow it down IF there actually was a stuck accelerator.

Low horsepower and torque granted. At 90 MPH the problem is kinetic energy on top of the horsepower.This is an interesting situation with new technology. It could all be a hoax. I don’t know diddly squat about these cars, but I’m not comfortable with drive by wire brakes and throttles. Another question, is there a mechanical link to the transmission?
Car makers are eliminating all sorts of bulky mechanical links in order to save space and weight. Is this stuff being rushed o market? Is it ready for prime time?


36 posted on 03/26/2010 10:16:37 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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