It’s Alive! Driver Forgets To Put Lexus ES In Park, Car Goes On A Rampage

We live in an era where distractions are everywhere, including for drivers.

If you don’t receive a call, someone may send you a text, like one of your posts on social media, or instant message you on one of the gazillion apps that are now hip. There’s no escape unless you throw away your smartphone.

Now, we don’t know what exactly distracted the driver from the following video but her mind was clearly far away from the previous-generation Lexus ES she was driving. The footage shows the sedan leaving the parking lot of a residential building and suddenly stopping — presumably because the driver forgot to take something from the house.

Also watch: Rider Gets Distracted By Phone, Crashes Almost Immediately

Nothing happens for about fifteen seconds as the driver stays inside the stationary car. At one point she opens the door and exits the vehicle which immediately starts moving forward. Thankfully, the Lexus manages to avoid a parked BMW i3 but somehow finds its way to the street down a winding alley. The sedan then crosses the road, narrowly missing a white sedan, and comes to a halt after hitting a neighbor’s dumpsters.

Our theory about what caused the car to suddenly develop a mind of its own and “break free” is that the driver forgot the transmission either in Drive or in Neutral as she exited the car. You can see that the brake lights are on seconds before the car starts moving. As soon as she gets out, the lights go off and the Lexus accelerates as if it had waited to escape for a long time.

Having watched the video several times, we tend to believe she forgot the car in Drive. If she had left the lever in Neutral, there’s no way the car would have accelerated so quickly — it would have crept forward first because of the incline and then it would have picked up speed. What do you think?


  • jason wu

    someone needs to invent an auto break/park system that it activates when the driver left the seat. Will be the most popular safety feature among female drivers.

    • Momogg

      Exactly. But you see we are in 2019 and they still prefer to invent stupid/useless options.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Why don’t we invent something that teaches you how to drive (and park) properly, say, driving lessons?
      We should then follow this up with something involving a test of your driving skills to see that you are competent to drive; something perhaps with a sexy name like, Driving Exam?

      • cbATL

        Driving lessons does nothing for stupid.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Well it should. Test the dumb asses in everyday situations to see how dumb they are and why they haven’t applied what they learned.

  • MIL1234

    stupid automatic
    Nothing like a hand brake

  • cbATL



      always women

  • Momogg

    Hopefully, nobody in the front of the car. 😯

  • Six_Tymes

    idiot, could have easily killed someone because of her stupidity. moron

  • LJ

    Lexus: See ya bitch!!

    • Six_Tymes

      I like your other post that you deleted also: Lexus needs to work the kinks out of their autonomous valet feature. lol

      • LJ

        I figured two comments in a row were too much. 🙂

  • PJE

    If you look at the brake lights she had her foot on the pedal until the instant prior to leaving the car. If it was in neutral it would probably rolled backwards.

  • Stephen G

    It just seems strange to me that with all the sensors, cameras, lane change collision avoidance crap and autonomous technology we possess for automobiles, someone hasn’t been smart enough to put a pressure sensor in the drivers seat to keep it from driving away in such a situation. Hell, my 20 year old Craftsman lawn tractor does that!

    • Merc1

      It’s already out there, my BMW will put itself in park if the car is in D and you open the driver door. It makes a terrible noise, but it works.


      • raikkonen

        My Audi does the same…

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        My MB does the same, it gets very angry at you.

        • Merc1

          The clicking sound is terrible lol. Sounds like the transmission is about to come apart.


    • Finkployd

      I drive a Lexus and if you open your door while in D it beeps and displays a warning message on the dasboard – she obv was extra distracted

    • Yavor

      My c class goes to park if i open my door.

  • Blanka Li

    “I’ve had enough of your sh%t, Karen!”

  • Paul

    That was funny. The car says I’m outta here.

  • Ilbirs

    There’s something I’ve recently learned from people working for Nissan about how to stop an automatic car that I consider interesting not only to keep things safe but also to extend the life of the system:

    1) Stop the car in D and hold firm the brake pedal;

    2) Apply the parking brake when the vehicle is in D;

    3) Pass first from D to N and slightly release the foot from the brake pedal, meaning that you’ll feel a small jolt;

    4) After this small jolt, it’s time to pass from N to P and your car is OK.

    After this and remembering some accidents I’ve took notice about cars having a sudden acceleration and other when people at most just leave in P without applying the parking brake, it made sense to me that this procedure is something useful that needs to be passed beyond.

  • Thunderbolt

    Christine part X.

  • Merc1

    My BMW will put itself in park once the drivers door is open and the car starts to move.


  • FlameWater

    Wish I had a hill ramp driveway

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    u can tell this person is a very big dumb dumb…like stupid af…and yet she walks down casually and didnt try to get in after its near the hill..hahaha dumb broad even looked fully left to right to check uncoming traffic…ahhaha stupid is as a stupid does.

    • LeStori

      A smart person would definitely have run as fast as they could after the car, straight across the road without looking. That would maximise their chances of being killed.

      • Chris Van Der Merwe

        and try to get back in the car when its obviously went sideways….

  • cooper

    Typical mindless Toyota/Lexus driver.

    • Ben

      Mercedes drivers “Did I mention I have a Mercedes?”
      BMW drivers “I don’t need blinkers, my right foot is my blinker”
      Audi “Unsafe driving conditions don’t apply to me, I have quattro”
      Lexus “…but reliability”
      Volvo ” My name is Gordon, I’m a dentist and my wife Michelle is a CPA”
      Genesis “I mean…its basically an Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, but for cheaper”
      Cadillac “I drive a freaking CADDY, okay!?”
      Infiniti “Basically I drive a Japanese BMW”
      Alfa Romeo “Dammit, my roadside assistance lapsed!”
      Buick “Yeah, can you believe it!? I got it for only $15k from Enterprise, watta’ steal!”
      Land Rover “I write down my Starbucks order because I don’t want them messing up my order”
      Maserati “Yeah, its Italian…basically luxury Ferrari”
      Tesla “I’m saving the Earth. WATCH HOW FAST I CAN MERGE!!”
      Porsche “Yeah, I was gonna get the 918, but I needed the backseats”
      Acura “Not sure why, but they’re on sale”
      Jaguar “I’ve always wanted a JAG”

      See everyone’s got stereotypes.

  • TB


  • KAG25

    So lucky it didn’t hit any people or cars. Maybe she shouldn’t be driving, so many people that should not own a car.

  • Dylan Wentworth

    That lexus has some surprisingly good articulation and rock crawling abilities.

    • The-Fez

      It had lots of help from gravity.

  • TheBelltower

    It was the floor mats! No, wait… it was the US supplied electronic throttle linkage! No, wait, it was the driver! From Toyota’s perspective, it was most definitely not a result of their design.

    I actually don’t think it was Toyota’s fault this time. But this won’t stop them from burying and obfuscating the facts surrounding defects for decades.

    • blunt-o

      What the hell are you talking about? This isn’t Chevrolet’s Corvair or Ford motor company, or Dodge hHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH chrysler refuse.

    • Obamney

      It wasn’t toyota’s fault the first time. you don’t jam floor mats under the gas pedal and think it won’t cause a problem. Many idiots that shouldn’t drive. A lot of those idiots should not vote either.

      • TheBelltower

        Toyota blamed it on the throttle manufacturer. Then, once that was proven false, Toyota blamed it on driver error, then on floor mats. They were fined tens of millions for falsely publicizing that it was driver error, when that was not the determination. When there was a pronounced spike in sudden acceleration claims, driver error or not, Toyota hid a known problem for over a decade. Toyota buried the problem, like they do all of their defects. That’s why they were at fault. They still do this. Toyota is incredibly corrupt.

  • TheBelltower

    At my mother’s house, her neighbor died when his car ran over him while he was working on it. People get hurt when they do boneheaded things. It’s amazing that any of us survive to old age.

  • CBV2020

    All of this Tech Talk and a car can’t sense when it’s driverless and apply the E brake? They practically fight you for dominance when you’re behind the wheel of many models featuring aggressive lane assist and traction control programs. Silly.

    • Bo Hanan

      A car can’t completely overcome a careless driver- yet.

  • Shobin Drogan

    Shes lucky the only damage she has to pay for is her own car and some trashcans for the neighbours!

  • Ary Wisesa

    This case should be forwarded to Lexus. They must think about installing a device that can detect if the driver seat is unoccupied and the steering wheel is not held by anyone. With current tech, it won’t be difficult.

    • Nagog Dijouru

      Also the door is wide open, detecting that is no brainer.

    • CarbonPhiber

      How about detecting if the driver has no brain?

  • Knotmyrealname

    From the time it took between pulling up in the driveway to actually getting out of the car, I’m guessing she was flapping her gums on the phone. Completely distracted and then forgot to immobilise the car.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It’s not clear to me why people are focusing on the car and nobody considers the driver like a sort of handicapped individual who shouldn’t drive. But to me, the lady shouldn’t be allowed to drive. I have seen so many here in Taiwan like that and the damages they make without even realizing the extent of life changing injuries they cause makes me think that they have not enough IQ to even ride a bicycle (as a matter of fact they show the same level of idiocy when they ride a bicycle, often).

  • dumblikeyou2

    You’re stretch’n, Smith. That wasn’t even clever.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I appreciate that there was sound. Made it much more entertaining.

  • joeybuttafucco

    I am thankful that the car did not hit another car on the road below!

  • Patrick

    porsche Macan will put the e brake on if you open the door while in drive…situation solved!!

  • Althea Later

    So much for all that “Safety Sense” new Toyotas are supposed to have. With all the tech features, they obviously forgot this one – driver not in seat, put car in park. People do dumb things. They always have.

  • wait a minute

    Accident Report
    “Well, it was in ‘park’ when i climbed out my handbag strap got caught on the shifter …

  • wait a minute

    2nd draft.
    “Well it was a particularly windy day and just as i climbed out a gust of wind blew it away down the hill..

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Best thing that could have ever happened to it. Thankfully she never killed anyone.

  • klowik

    I think most of the high-end cars should have a electronic gear knob rather than mechanical. A system should be designed as mentioned earlier in the discussion that when driver leaves the seat + open the driver door, it will automatically stop the engine, change the gear to neutral, engage e-brake and park brake.

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