Three killed in new case of Toyota flip-flop-related acceleration

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Three elderly women were killed this morning in Albany, New York, when a 55-year-old woman driving a Toyota Highlander drove into a group of people standing on the sidewalk. Unintended acceleration? Not so much. Her flip-flop was caught under the gas pedal. Another sad case illustrating the real cause of unintended acceleration — beige cars being driven by people of an advanced age.

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The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. when 55-year-old Luanne Burgess lost control of her Toyota SUV off Route 85A, driving into a group of adults that were part of a walking group. Three members of the walking group were killed and declared dead on the scene.

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Police say Burgess had just dropped her 6-year-old foster child off at daycare and her foot or flip-flop she was wearing became stuck on the gas pedal, accelerating the car.

The driver's injuries aren't life-threatening.

Acting Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple called this accident "one of the most horrific accident scenes he has ever seen."

Hot tip to Vovchandr!

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potbellyjoe
PotbellyJoe and 42 others

Main point: Don't drive in shoes that easily come off.

I don't know the laws in most states, but I know that many allow for bare footed driving. It is better than flip-flop driving.

Also to the people I see in the summer, Flip Flops are also dumb for biking.

It is a great way to lose a toe.

Also dummies, wear a helmet.

And before I go, Talking on you cell phone while riding you bike, not wearing your helmet, but wearing flip flops is the stupidest string of ideas you have ever had.

I'm talking to you shore-going 18-year-old girl talking to your BFF on Bay Ave on LBI a little too loudly while the world wishes you would shut up so they can sleep.