Special Crash Investigations On-Site Alleged Unintended Acceleration Investigation; Vehicle: 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee; Location: Massachusetts Crash Date: May 2017

The interest in this investigation was the alleged unintended acceleration of a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee through a building that led to a crash involving multiple pedestrians. The Jeep then came to a stop after striking the block wall of a building. Five pedestrians were fatally injured and an additional eight pedestrians received police–reported injuries. The crash occurred during a live vehicle auction as the Jeep was driven by a 76-year old male during the course of his employment at the auction facility. The crash was identified by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on May 3, 2017, through a news media search for automobile crashes of interest. The notification and on-site investigation assignment was forwarded to the Special Crash Investigations (SCI) team at Crash Research & Analysis, Inc., on the same day. The SCI team contacted the police agency responsible for the local investigation and began the process of establishing cooperation, which was established on May 3, 2017, and the on-site portion of this investigation took place May 4 and 5, 2017. Technical representatives from Fiat Chrysler America also attended and participated in the vehicle inspection. It was determined over the course of the investigation that the crash occurred through the erroneous operation of the transmission selector and a misapplication of the foot controls by the driver. The vehicle was initially stopped with the transmission shifted to neutral. The driver then mistakenly shifted the transmission into drive while applying the accelerator pedal, instead of the brake.


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  • Accession Number: 01672399
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 560
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C-00269
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2018 9:51AM