An unintentionally accelerating Toyota Prius nearly killed a 12-year old boy in Arizona as he was directing an elderly driver into a parking space when the hybrid took off, knocking him over.

"When the accident occurred, it was instantaneous. We had no advance warning, whatsoever," Chuck Schmeiser told AZCentral. Chuck disputes Toyota's claim that it was operator error, and not creepy gremlins that caused the accident, but Chuck's a grey hair — a demographic highly susceptible to runaway Toyotas.

The kid was shaken by the incident, but not injured as he was thrown clear when the car struck him at low speed. [AZCentral via TTAC]