A 92-year-old Wisconsin man slowly backed out of a grocery store parking spot before his foot got stuck on his accelerator, leading him to crash into nine cars in less than a minute.
The footage of the Friday incident was released by Mayville Police, who now say the driver, Russell Kerr, won’t be cited as they’ve designated the incident as an accident.
“My first thought was, ‘You only see these situations when someone is trying to elude police or in incidents of road rage,’” Mayville Police Chief Christopher MacNeill told ABC affiliate WISN-TV. “His foot got stuck on the accelerator, and from that point, he panicked and lost control of his vehicle.”
In the video, Kerr’s minivan slams into a car and he then speeds in reverse, hitting another vehicle. He then zips around the parking lot, hitting more cars. Authorities said no one was hurt, and WISN-TV reported that two of the nine cars had been occupied.
The driver of a red pickup truck ran out of his car after Kerr hit him; he turned out to be an off-duty firefighter, MacNeill told the Daily News; the man caught up with Kerr and reached into the minivan to throw the gear into park.
Initially, police reported that a medical emergency may have been involved. The crash report has been sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Kerr could be forced to retake a driving test, the Daily News reported. “He’s not walking away from this scot- free,” MacNeill told the Daily News.
Donald Gourlie’s car was hit. He told WISN-TV that he had been at the grocery store to buy a Valentine’s Day card for his wife. They’ve been married for 58 years.
“I wrote, ‘I love you’ on the bottom,” Gourlie told the station, and then, “‘P.S. Sorry about your car.'”