Mazda Driver Gets Foot Stuck Between Pedals, Lands Upside Down In Front Of Car Wash

As far as car accidents go, this has to be one of the weirdest we’ve come across lately. A Mazda2 supermini, for some reason, came speeding in a parking lot, smashed through a gate and landed on the roof of a Chiropractic office.

That’s not all, though: the Mazda then rolled backwards and dropped down into the driveway below upside down, right in front of a car wash.

According to WSB-TV Atlanta, the driver of the car, 63-year old Stanley Clarke, had only minor injuries.

“It shook the foundation of the floor,” said Dr. Aletha Chappelear, a chiropractor who was there when the incident took place. “It shook the foundation of the building and the walls.”

She also believes that her building’s solid structure is the only thing that kept the car from crashing through the roof, which could have been extremely dangerous not only for her but also her patients.

“It’s truly a miracle that things happened the way that they did and that no one was hurt,” added the witness.

As for why the Mazda crashed in the first place, Chappelear told a reporter that the driver’s foot became stuck between the gas and brake pedals, resulting in him losing control.

The footage, posted to YouTube by Chris Lewis, also shows the car driving through the parking lot prior to the crash. By the looks of it, the driver still had plenty of room/time to shift into Neutral and apply the handbrake. Of course in moments of distress, that’s easier said than done.

Well, the good news is that no one was hurt. The bad news, at least for Mr. Clarke, is that the car wash in front of which he landed won’t be able to buff this one off…


  • Mr. EP9


  • Craig

    Why not show more of it? Silly.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Pretty solid car.

  • Paul

    Ouch! I like how the guy in the shop with the broom or whatever in his hand just sort of strolls over towards the door all nonchalant like no big deal here.

    • Belthronding

      ..another boring work day

  • kachuks

    That white Mazda went head over heels for that other Mazda.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    And can you vacuum it out too? There’s an awful smell of sh*t inside for some reason.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I guess there’s another Mazda for them to wash.

  • DetrinKD

    That definitely helped figure this out in my mind. I thought somehow the car was launched UP on to the roof and then fell off. But the building it landed on was lower than the surface it was on before landing on the roof.

  • No it was just another Type Two right foot pedal error, part of the right foot braking epidemic? But let’s make sure we blame the driver, especially if they are old (over 40!). Never blame the guys in charge of driver legislation and training who set the driver up to fail. They forced this driver to brake an automatic transmission vehicle with only the right foot. They did this knowing they had 0 Scientific Justification and that right foot braking is too complicated and difficult to mentally maintain with age, inefficient (poor stopping distance) and dangerous (subject to right foot pedal error) compared to the simpler and safer (But girly!) left foot braking method. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058and 812 431 (spaces required). NHTSA refuses to use the term “right foot pedal errors” but instead calls it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the drivers for not being experts. Score to date, 150,000 dead (7 Every Day), millions injured, and billions in costs. The price male drivers, both in and out of government, are prepared to pay to maintain their systemic belief in a “Killer” braking method based on the scientific foundation of, “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about which braking method is safer but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods and continue to produce misinformation about other proposed braking methods. Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?

    • You’ve been waiting for years to post that, haven’t you?

    • Mr. EP9

      What are you on about?

    • brn

      I think I get what you’re saying. Because the driver uses the same foot to move between the pedals, it increases the likely hood that it may be misapplied and, potentially in this case, wedged between pedals.

      I’m not convinced that it’s any worse than two footed driving. With two feet, in a panic situation, people may slam down both feet in an uncontrolled manner, creating another dangerous situation.

      I appreciate your viewpoint, but I’ll stick to right footed driving.

      Btw: My mom drives with two feet. Took a long time to convince her not to rest her left foot on the brake.

  • Christian

    How can that happen when you have a clutch to push down?
    Ohhhh i se.e…

  • Plutonium

    Good morning. I have a service appointment for my Mazda. Brakes are acting up.

  • D3X

    Strange, anyone notice the hubcap was when drives by? When he pulled in, he had at least 2 hub caps on the passenger side. Then at the last scene of the pull in, you see him lose one. Yes he loses it, freeze frame it and compare the hubcaps that was on the car as he was pulling by and the one that rolls out from out of frame as he passed.

    Then as you see him fall over on the second camera video, the car has no hub caps. Now all we see is the drivers side, so maybe he lost it. Either way, this was very weird.

  • ksegg

    “You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.”

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