During the two 911 calls, Sikes ignored many of the dispatcher's questions, saying later that he had to put his phone on the seat to keep his hands on the wheel.Yesterday, I wrote the following email to Nathan Olivarez-Giles, the author of the original LA Times piece on the Toyota Prius incident:
Leighann Parks, a 24-year-old dispatcher, repeatedly told him to throw the car into neutral but got no answers.
"He was very emotional, you could tell on the line he was panicked," Parks told reporters outside the CHP's El Cajon office. "I could only imagine being in his shoes and being that stressed."
Neibert told Sikes after the CHP caught up with him to shift to neutral but the driver shook his head no. Sikes told reporters he didn't go into neutral because he worried the car would flip.
You are being used by a guy who is setting up a lawsuit.Of course, I have not heard back from Nathan Olivarez-Giles.
If you and your compadres at the LA Times were truly interested in the human element in this Toyota issue, you would be shouting the solution to the problem from the rooftops;
PUT THE CAR IN NEUTRAL AND APPLY THE BRAKES.
That's how you instantly put an end to the problem of sudden acceleration.
Automobiles used to have sudden acceleration problems in the days before computing took over various auto systems. Motor Mounts would break and this would lead to sudden acceleration. It happened to me when I was 17. I found my car out of control and heading towards a gas pump at a corner gas station.
I put the car in neutral and I applied the brakes.
This is only logical.
Why is it the LA Times is not spending time on giving people a solution to the problem should it arise?
It's almost as if the LA Times is more interested in destroying Toyota than they are in helping human beings.
And, meanwhile, the LA Times has ignored the problem:
Why don't you try writing about that?
Will your editors allow you to do so?
If it is legally possible, I hope to God that he and his fellow journalists at the LA Times will all be sued into destitution for the evil that they are perpetuating.