SUV plows into hair salon in Columbia City, injures 7 (PHOTOS)

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SEATTLE — Seven people were injured Thursday when an SUV plowed into a hair salon in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.

The vehicle crashed into the salon near the intersection of Rainier Ave South and South Ferguson Street at about 1:25 p.m., causing an interior wall to partially collapse into an adjoining restaurant and temporarily pin a father, mother and their 10-year-old child, police said.

Seattle police said witnesses reported hearing the SUV’s engine revving just before it tore through the business.

The couple and their child were taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries.

Another woman, complaining of back pain, and her 8-year-old son, who suffered minor burns, were also taken to the hospital, as well as the driver of the SUV who crashed into the salon, police said.

The driver had serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The seventh person injured, a woman in her 40s, was treated at the scene and released.

City Engineers yellow-flagged the building afterward because of the damage done by the SUV.

Officers are continuing their investigation to determine the cause of the collision.


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  • CharleneBlake

    Maybe you are unaware of the way these vehicles TAKE OFF when in the middle of an ELECTRONIC unintended acceleration mode? Many if them start in parking lots and end in HORRIFIC crashes such as this one.

    Many who survive such events have gone in to be told by the manufacturer that they were not braking when they were. The automaker says that the EDR doesn’t show any braking! How so very convenient that the EDR is INACCURATE as documented in a 2012 Toyota Highlander by Dr. Antony Anderson. The brake lights have allegedly not illuminated as well. However, most assuredly, the drivers have tried desperately to brake to NO AVAIL.

    Tanya Spotts spoke about this in her CNN appearance a few years ago. Her Lexus lurched forward and accelerated without benefit of accelerator use. Tanya pushed down so hard in her brake pedal that she incurred soft tissue damage that left her foot swollen and discolored. Some SUA victims have broken a foot (stress fracture!) trying to stop their vehicles!

    You don’t begin to know the circumstances the driver was under unless you have witnessed or been in a vehicle experiencing SUA at top speed!

    Charlene Blake

  • CharleneBlake

    Toyota and Lexus are #1 in cases of sudden unintended acceleration and FORD is #2. The current unintended acceleration plaguing newer vehicles is the electronically-induced type. The engine throttle control systems depend on computer software to command them. Sometimes glitches occur…like in some of your other electronic devices…which can cause the command to be different than what you desire. The evidence of the glitch is often undetectable after the vehicle is restarted. Unfortunately, the EDR (black box) is not always accurate as shown by expert Dr. Antony Anderson in his analysis of a 2012 Toyota Highlander. The EDR results indicated the driver was not braking when she was doing so. The EDR results are inconsistent.

    The key to avoiding a horrific crash during a SUA event is whether or not the vehicle has an effective fail-safe in the event a glitch occurs. If it does not, as in the case of the glitch-prone Toyota ETCS-i, then the vehicle may become a runaway with an ineffective means to stop it. Unfortunately, the safety standards aren’t as strict in automobiles as they are in airplanes. Some manufacturers have more effective fail-safes than others. In the case of Toyota, an embedded software expert, Michael Barr (see Oklahoma Bookout vs. Toyota court case involving a 2005 Camry) found that an electronic glitch could induce a SUA event. Another expert, Dr. Henning Leidecker, found that a SUA event could also be triggered by “tin whisker” formation, particularly in 2002-2006 Toyota Camry vehicles.

    SUA events have been DEADLY for vehicle occupants as well as pedestrians and people in storefronts, buildings, and even homes. The numbers of such crashes are ever-increasing with the advent of the very complex ELECTRONIC throttle control systems.

    With the increase in such serious vehicle crashes, there is a concerted effort to show driver “pedal misapplication” or a “medical condition” or some other reason for the incident…anything other than a vehicle defect. Investigators aren’t scrutinizing the buggy electronic throttle control software or other conditions that can elicit a terrifying sudden unintended acceleration incident. They usually just examine the *mechanical* causes which tend to be just red herrings in these cases. Investigators simply don’t have the expertise to find such electronic glitches. In fact, the staff at the NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, do not have this very specialized training!

    Think of it…the next step in electronically-controlled vehicles seems to be so-called “self-driving cars.” Do YOU want to be in a such a vehicle when there is no evidence that strict safety standards, particularly in the throttle control system’s software, have been adhered to? Will you just BLINDLY trust the automaker (criminally-investigated and nearly-prosecuted Toyota and soon-to-be GM and others?) to come through for you and your family’s safety *on its own*?

    A recently published Huffington Post article by Jonathan Handel,
    How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says ‘Trust Us’
    Posted: 07/01/2014 7:23 pm EDT Updated: 07/02/2014 1:48 pm EDT speaks to these very issues and poses tough questions about Google’s “driverless” vehicles. Educate yourself carefully before you put your faith in automakers who have knowingly lied to their customers and the government for decades. Study the issue of vehicle electronic sudden unintended acceleration and ask WHY we aren’t seeing it addressed publicly. WHY is blame placed on the driver with little more than speculation about which pedal was used or with little more than an assumption on medical condition. This is being done *even when the drivers steadfastly cite a VEHICLE PROBLEM as the cause of the crash. Absence of proof is not proof of absence of a serious ELECTRONIC computer glitch or other electronically-caused SUA.

    Charlene Blake

  • CharleneBlake

    PR spin by automaker, law enforcement, and media in full force? Do they desperately desire the final report to say “pedal misapplication” in order to deflect from the ELECTRONICS of the computer-controlled throttle control system?

    Let’s see if the driver is hung out to dry publicly as so many have been in these crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes. Jail time for drivers has been levied with nothing more than ruling out the mechanical causes. In cases of Toyota and Lexus, inconsistent and inaccurate EDR information has been used to falsely incriminate SUA crash victims. Character assassinations in the media prior to concrete evidence presentation seem to be the norm.

    Are automakers nervous that the truth will be revealed publicly? Why are so many of the articles about such SUA events lacking in pertinent details, like make, model, and model year? Why aren’t the exact words of the driver stated? Why is there usually immediate speculation that the driver pressed the wrong pedal? These late model vehicles are *computer-controlled*. Glitches occur often. Critical safety standards aren’t strictly regulated and fail-safes have been found to be ineffective by experts in the embedded software field.

    Think about how often you reboot your electronic devices. Have you considered that an electronically-driven vehicle has many of the same “glitch” issues? Are you erroneously assuming that your safety has been ensured by the auto manufacturer? Just know, the auto industry is not regulated like the airline industry. Educate yourself on this critical safety matter.

    The Car Wash Association knows the truth about sudden unintended acceleration in late model vehicles, particularly Chryslers. A FastStop Car Wash just admitted that there is a list of the most common vehicles to suddenly accelerate. After an employee was thrown from a Ford Expedition as it careened out-of-control from a car wash and into a power box on the side of a building, this information was revealed by the media. In addition, Honda has just become the first automaker to address electronic throttle control software problems.

    Why doesn’t the public have access to the most-often-to-suddenly-accelerate vehicle list? How hard are the automakers trying to keep such information hidden? Will what you do not know ultimately put you or your family in unnecessary jeopardy? Will the PR agenda of the automakers continue to push for a “pedal misapplication” final report in these crash events?

    How long will the flawed study into Toyota and Lexus sudden unintended acceleration by NASA/NHTSA be touted as a reason to blame the vehicle owners? How often will the old Audi SUA investigation be cited by online PR trolls in an effort to justify immediate incrimination of the driver victims? More importantly, how long will the public be deceived?

    Why was Toyota whistleblower Betsy Benjaminson recently issued a subpoena by Toyota Motor Corporation? Is this an on-going effort by the automaker to silence the exposure of Toyota internal documents related to the electronic sudden unintended acceleration? Why hasn’t Ms. Benjaminson’s information been covered by the U.S. media as it has been overseas? More importantly, why hasn’t the U.S. Department of Justice made reference to this information in its recent criminal investigation of Toyota? Why have we only heard about *mechanical* causes of SUA?

    Something is amiss. Doesn’t the public deserve to know the truth? After all, electronic sudden unintended acceleration affects everyone, not just vehicle drivers. Pedestrians and storefront occupants have been killed or maimed. Even residents in homes have been impacted. SUA events are not just occurring on the highways; they are happening in parking lots and from a standstill at traffic stops, too.

    This serious problem isn’t just about elderly drivers, drivers with medical conditions, or impaired drivers as a seemingly pervasive PR effort might have you believe. This is about vehicles out-of-control because of electronic glitches and ineffective fail-safes. This is about unregulated critical safety standards in complex electronically-controlled vehicles.

    Charlene McCarthy Blake
    Charlene Blake

  • CharleneBlake

    Most Toyota SUA victims use the word “terrifying” in their description of the crashes or even in the event without a crash, IF they are lucky enough to stop the vehicle before it crashes! The witness said “horrific” and that word is also used a lot to describe these frightening events of unintended ELECTRONIC acceleration.

    These accidents are described as a “freak” or “bizarre” because of the erratic behavior of the vehicles at the time of the incidents. Drivers are “shocked” or “dazed” or “confused” afterwards as you can imagine ANYONE would be!

    This isn’t about age, medical condition, or any other cause superficial to the ACTUAL no-speed or low-speed to AIRBORNE speed in seconds electronic cause of such accidents.

    Make no mistake about it…there is a Big PR push to make sure the driver is found to be at fault…even if it means conjuring up the most “handy” excuse possible. A real Toyota Corolla victim tells all about Toyota’s coercion (a.k.a. BULLY) techniques on Twitter. It is NOT funny what the automaker is doing to their own customers when the customers come to them to report this serious safety issue happening in their vehicles!

    If you read comment sections on these articles, you see a lot of inappropriate joking going on at the car crash victim’s expense. It happens time and time again if you take the time to track the articles about these horrific crashes. Think that’s innocent? Think again.

    Charlene Blake

  • CharleneBlake

    Not one but TWO storefront intrusions in a PARKING LOT with initiation of sudden unintended acceleration with braking! Low-speed to high-speed SUA in seconds is the CLASSIC scenario in these parking lot scenarios. The crashes are still horrific as innocent pedestrians and shop patrons are often just as much a VICTIM as the vehicle owner himself or herself.

  • CharleneBlake

    “A car”…what kind of car? What was the make, model, and model year of the vehicle? A Toyota? Is there a reason we aren’t getting this critical information?

    What did the driver say happened? The issue of ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration not being addressed by automakers. In the meantime, these vehicles are reported as “taking off” for no reason, often when the driver is initiating braking.

    Experts have found faults in the Toyota electronic throttle control software. Toyota and Lexus are involved in many of these crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes. Other automakers have a similar problem. The auto industry doesn’t have strictly regulated standards for the software as the airline industry does. Further, in the case of the Toyota throttle control software, the standards of the auto industry weren’t adhered to either.

    Sudden unintended acceleration…the electronic variety…are being told that the situation didn’t happen as they described. The automaker attempts to coerce or manipulate the vehicle owner into accepting the “driver error” conclusion. The tactics are described as “intimidating” by many SUA victims.

    WHY the big cover-up? What do Toyota and other automakers have to HIDE?

    Charlene Blake

  • See the people

    Too much automatic electronic gadgetry in vehicles today and too many people that rely on them to do the driving, time to go back to basics.