NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – The driver of a vehicle that crashed through the third floor of a parking structure and plunged to the street in North Hollywood says he mistakenly accelerated instead of stepping on the brake.

The crash happened about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 5400 block of Tujunga Avenue, where police say the driver was trapped in the vehicle until freed by Los Angeles

(Photo credit: Nick Swenson)

According to police at the scene, the driver claimed he stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, which caused the vehicle – reported to be a Mercedes SUV – to accelerate and burst through the side of the structure and land on its roof.

The unidentified driver remained hospitalized with a skull fracture, police said Friday.

Video from the scene showed the SUV a gaping hole in the parking facility and the SUV upside down on Tujunga Avenue.

“I felt the building shake,” said one eyewitness.

  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Another right foot pedal error, part of the right foot braking epidemic. Happens to all ages and gender. But let’s make sure we blame the driver, especially if they are a women or old (over 40!). Never blame the guys in charge of driver legislation and training who set the driver up to fail. They forced this driver to brake an automatic transmission or electric vehicle with only the right foot. They did this knowing they had 0 Scientific Justification and that right foot braking is too complicated and difficult to mentally maintain with age, dangerously inefficient, (poor stopping distance) and even more dangerous, (subject to right foot pedal error) compared to the simpler and safer left foot braking method. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058 and 812 431 (spaces required). NHTSA refuses to use the term “right foot pedal errors” but instead calls it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the drivers for not being experts. Score to date, 150,000 dead (19 Every Day), millions injured, and billions in costs. The price male drivers, both in and out of government, are prepared to pay to maintain their systemic belief in a “Killer” braking method based on the scientific foundation of, “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about which braking method is safer but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods and continue to produce misinformation about other proposed braking methods. Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?

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