New Jersey Woman Plunges Mercedes Into River After Mistaking Gas Pedal For Brake

A woman in Hackensack, New Jersey is lucky to have escaped from her Mercedes-Benz ML-Class uninjured after driving the SUV into the Hackensack River.

CCTV footage shows the woman at a hand car wash facility next to the river. Shortly after being directed where to park by one of the staff, the driver accidentally hit the accelerator rather than the brake. The Mercedes-Benz can be seen quickly accelerating, narrowly missing a fence and coin changer before plummeting into the river.

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Speaking with NJ, city police captain Nicole Foley says a 41-year-old man who witnessed the crash jumped into the river and helped the 64-year old driver and her 27-year-old passenger from the vehicle. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons while the 27-year-old declined medical care at the scene.

Engine 5, Rescue 1, Safety and Deputy 4 responded to 424 River Street in the rear for a car that went off the embankment…

Gepostet von City of Hackensack Fire Department am Dienstag, 16. Juli 2019

Fortunately for the occupants, the SUV landed in a shallow area of the river and only the front half of the Mercedes was submerged under water. If the water was deeper, the SUV could have sunk and the driver and passenger may have had trouble getting out in time.

“There are no physical barricades in place to prevent vehicles from driving into the area that leads to where the car drove into the water,” Captain Nicole Foley said in a statement.

Incidents involving motorists mistaking the brake pedal for the throttle are all too common and often end in disaster. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case here.

  • TruthSlayer


    • no25

      shut up, sexist.

    • Elvis Kanamaru Rodrigues

      Always women…

  • getoffme

    So when is the lawsuit against Mercedes for unintended acceleration?

  • Greg Gliszczynski

    She clearly doesn’t belong on the road. Maybe the water should have been deeper.

  • Emoto

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • charlie bear

    Glad they are okay, I always feel bad for elderly people behind the wheels. They are so vulnerable.

    • TheBelltower

      She is 64, not 94.

  • Thunderbolt

    Apparently she didn’t feel the car wash did a good job, she gotta have another cleaner dip.

  • Elvis Kanamaru Rodrigues
    • no25

      love that you upvote your own sexist comment to make yourself look better.

      • Elvis Kanamaru Rodrigues

        Bla bla bla, just go to hell, please.

        • no25

          there you go again, loser.

  • Ken

    Why such an open access to the shore though? Its too high for a boat launch (she did launch her Benz pretty well though). Looks strange. I bet barriers are inplace fairly soon…

  • Ruel Lewis

    It looks like she got a double wash……no? Too soon?

  • Paul

    That was funny but could have ended up worse.

  • GobbleUp

    Love the moron who just stands there doing nothing after she’s crashing. Idiot.

  • Craig

    Yet another reason LEFT FOOT BRAKING is better.

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