Special Crash Investigations Alleged Unintended Acceleration Crash Investigation Vehicle: 2015 Toyota Yaris, Location: California, Crash Date: December 2015

This two-vehicle crash occurred in December 2015 at 1900 hours in the intersection of an urban roadway and interstate off-ramp. The Yaris was being driven by a belted 51-year-old female. There were three additional belted passengers in the Yaris: a 7-year-old male, a 16-year-old male, and a 12-year-old female. The second vehicle was a 2007 Toyota Solara. The Yaris was traveling eastbound on the interstate roadway. The driver of the Yaris reported that she was unable to slow or stop her vehicle. She exited the interstate onto an off-ramp to her right. The Yaris traveled southeast along the ramp until the ramp intersected a north/south street. The Solara was traveling northbound on the north/south street approaching the same intersection. As the Yaris approached the intersection, the vehicle struck a curb. The Yaris continued into the intersection, crossed the southbound travel lanes, and struck the left side of the Solara. The Solara rotated counterclockwise and struck a traffic sign. The Yaris traveled east of the roadway and struck a fence and a tree before coming to rest in the parking area of a gas station. The driver, the 16-year-old male, and the 12-year-old female occupants of the Yaris were seriously injured and transported from the scene. The 7-year-old male in the Yaris was fatally injured. All four occupants of the Solara were fatally injured. There was no active safety equipment installed in the Yaris. Based on the available data it appears that the cause of the crash was a result of pedal misapplication.


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  • Accession Number: 01703310
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 670, Case No. DS16001
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C00271
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2019 8:57AM