Frank Lecerf, 36, was on a routine shopping trip when his brakes suddenly stopped working, according to a Feb. 13 Daily Mail report.
Lecerf, who was trapped in his Renault Laguna traveling 125 mph with a jammed accelerator and no brakes, said, “It was as if my was life was flashing before me.” He was on a routine supermarket shopping trip in Pont-de-Metz, Northern France, when his car spontaneously accelerated.
According the Lecerf, while driving along a 60 mph dual road, the Laguna began to accelerate on its own, increasing in speed until it reached its top speed of 125 mph, and there was nothing he could do about it. “I just wanted it to stop,” he said, explaining that he called the police and they connected him to a Renault engineer who unsuccessfully tried to assist him.
As he drove in and out of traffic erratically, Lecerf was joined by high-speed police cars that created a “safety” convoy and perhaps something out of a “James Bond” car chase scene. The car trail continued through France for 150 miles, eventually crossing the border into Belgium.
The car finally ran out of gas and plunged into a ditch in Alveringem, Belgium. Unfortunately, this was not the first spontaneous acceleration incident that Lecerf had endured with his car. His lawyer plans to file a legal complaint for “endangerment.”
The incident is under investigation.
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