Vehicle Hits Building in Mishap

A vehicle crashed into a building Thursday afternoon in Meridian.

The driver of a Toyota Venza hit the side of The Medical Store at 19th Avenue and 14th Street.

The driver says the vehicle accelerated on its own.

"I pulled into the parking space and I put my foot on the brake," said driver, Carol Moffett. "And when I got ready to put it in park, it just lunged forward, just like it was out of control or something. Scared me real bad. Something happened to it, definitely."

"The vehicle is not involved in a sticky pedal recall, so we don't know exactly what happened," said Neil Johnson, general manager of John O'Neil Johnson Toyota. "And until I get a chance, which I haven't had the chance yet to speak to the customer, I won't know where to go to look. But the vehicle the driver was driving was not involved in the sticky pedal recall. It was involved in a floor mat recall. But the floor mat is secured properly in the vehicle, as it should be."

The car's front end was cracked but the building did not appear to have been damaged.


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  • by DD on Feb 22, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    Watch the ABC news videos linked below and then tell me that you can say without a doubt that this lady ran into this building without it being due to the Toyota she was driving. Link to ABC story about Toyota Boasting it saved $100 M on recalls http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=9903458 Link to ABC story that Toyota accelerated and their computer did not record it which Toyota says can't happen. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/video/testing-toyota-9914148 Link to ABC story about a man that was sent to prison when his Toyota accelerated out of control and killed 3 people. He was blamed for something the car probably caused .... HUM! Sound familiar? http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/toyota-flaws-free-convict-9906986
  • by DD on Feb 22, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    You are judging this lady unfairly without having the facts. After all it is clear that Toyota has a problem, and unlike Toyota this lady did not appear to hiding a quality problem nor was bragging that she saved millions by negotiating a smaller recall like Toyota. After the report by ABC tonight, I am wondering if they really know how to fix it. I will post the link from ABC because it suggest that it could be the electrical and computer problem.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2010 at 08:31 PM
    It's not the first time a vehicle ran into a building around Meridian, and it won't be the last. IMO, it was just a good excuse to use b/c she was driving a Toyota. Hopefully, WTOK will have a follow up story once it is investigated.
  • by DD on Feb 19, 2010 at 04:22 PM
    Danny, saying that you “compelled to believe that the driver may have had her foot on both pedals” is just wrong. How did you come to that conclusion? Are we watching the same video? This lady seemed to be shook up because her car surged out of control, she did not look dumb! I am going to explain the real difference between an American and a Japanese company. Toyota could just shut down their US operations and leave. Then who will pay for their ignoring safety issues? Sure, American company's can file for bankruptcy, but we also can send the CEO and other to jail if they deliberately did not take appropriate actions something be call criminal negligence. Mississippi’s own Bernie Ebers is an example of how we can hold CEOs of companies in our company accountable. Can we go to Japan and put Toyoda, Toyota's CEO, in jail? It does not come down to where they make the cars. It comes to how much power we have to make the accountable.
  • by Dee Dee on Feb 19, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    I'd like to add that I was really interested in buying a Ford the last time I was car shopping. I just couldn't find a deal that worked for me. I liked the Fusion, but the zero percent financing and incentives were on other models I didn't want. I couldn't afford to pay $5,000 more just to have a car with the Ford name on it. I also noticed that the base prices dropped several thousand dollars AFTER cash for clunkers. What was that about? I have owned three Fords in my life and drove two of them for 9 years and 10 years respectively. They were good cars, but any company has to be competitive on its pricing as well as quality and service.
  • by hello? on Feb 19, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    i mean really.... out of all the headlines and everything else thats goin on in our city , state and government.... this story is what you people choose to argue about.. whats worse is that wtok considered it news?!
  • by Danny Location: Meridian on Feb 19, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    After watching this story, I am compelled to believe that the driver may have had her foot on both pedals. I have had this same thing happen to me in Jeep Cherokee. The pedals are close together and can easily be pushed at the same time. Their is nothing wrong with Toyota's. How about all of the recalls with Ford for faulty cruise control systmes that can cause a vehicle to catch fire, even when the vehicle is not even running. I have not heard the news media bashing Ford about this. I have seen and received several recall letters from Ford for this problem. I agree with Dee Dee, their is a motivation behind this to make Toyota look bad. As Robert said their headquarters are in Japan, well what if they decided to close all of the factories in the U.S., all of those people would be out of work. I do not care where the headquarters are, as long as Americans can work!
  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Feb 19, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    This vehicle does have a floor mat recall.
  • by Dee Dee on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    Robert, we all know Toyota is a Japanese company and Ford is an American company headquartered in Michigan. What you need to get is that when Toyota builds things in Kentucky, it is Americans working the jobs and benefiting from having those jobs. When Ford employs people in Mexico City to assemble cars, it is Mexicans who are working the jobs and benefiting from those jobs. Ford does business outside this country. Toyota does business outside Japan. All these auto dealers are multi-national. It's the way business is done today. To say buying from Ford, for instance, means you support American workers more than I do is ridiculous. Americans made my car! I'm glad they had the opportunity of that job and I bet they are too.
  • by Person Location: Meridian on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    I have a hard time believing this was a problem with the car. People do stupid things all the time. This car was not involved with that specific recall.... sooo it was probably an unrelated accident. It just happens that it's a good time to blame it on something else.
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