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Tragedy struck in New York on August 10, 2011, when a woman driving a Toyota Highlander lost control of her vehicle and struck three pedestrians, killing them. News 10 out of Albany, New York, reports that the driver, LuAnn Burgess, told police that her flip-flop somehow got jammed under the accelerator pedal, which resulted in the vehicle speeding out of control.

The three women killed in the incident were standing outside a church waiting to use the restroom. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple called the incident "one of the most horrific accident scenes" he's ever witnessed, adding that the flip-flop did not appear to be wedged under the pedal. The sheriff also said that discussions are taking place to determine whether Burgess would be charged with a crime. Hit the jump to watch the News 10 report.



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      Young Turk
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is wrong with the title? It's not a flip-flop malfunction, it's a driver malfunction. The flip-flop didn't do anything wrong. The driver did. Please correct the title.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Victor
      • 3 Years Ago
      In Brazil you can lose your licence by driving using flip-flops. It is quite idiotic, even, because you can indeed jam the pedals between the flip-flop and the foot.
        Massimo Tava
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Victor
        she was using her husband's sandals. I think there might be some jail time involved.
      Georgie Porgie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prayers out to the ladies and their families. No one should ever need to have their life ended this way.
      mit gas
      • 3 Years Ago
      that big pedal on the left is the brake... just sayin'... and yes pull the cell phone records
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      What sort of moron drives wearing flip-flops?! I take mine off when driving and put them on when I get out of the car. Common sense, not so common...
        xspeedy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        What is an appropriate shoe for driving? You could eliminate most womens shoes if awkward is the rule. Heels, straps, open toes, boots... I operate all three pedals and a shifter wearing flip flops and have never had a problem. Of course all I have to do if something goes crazy is depress the clutch.
          wtrmlnjuc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xspeedy
          shoes should not be loose, be able to catch the pedal easily, or highly elevated at the heel.
          guyverfanboy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xspeedy
          ^Bingo!
          lemonite
          • 3 Years Ago
          @xspeedy
          I am amazed at your ability to operate a shifter with flip flops!
      Lemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      America needs better driver's education. I would be willing to take a test every couple years to prove my ability to operate a motor vehicle. Think about how much the average driver would improve if every two years they were required to make an emergency stop, emergency lane change, go through a cone course, parallel park, etc.... and if they failed they would have their license revoked.
        mchlrus1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lemon
        every year over 70 please...I'm freaked out by old people every time I ride my Ruckus.
          Susan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mchlrus1
          Nitwits like that suburban dingbat piloting 4000-lb behemoths are much more dangerous than old people. Remember, most old people learned to drive in an era when high school driver education programs taught techniques and manual transmission use.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        well, even a car in neutral can kill someone. if her right foot was stuck, all she couldv'e done is left foot on the brake or E-brake.
          ReTired
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          But, in neutral, motor running, you retain power steering and power brakes to help a tiny, weak individual control the 2.5 - 3 ton vehicle, right?
      Chris Timberlake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok.. Ok.. Flip-Flop I can see this. But uh.. How'd she get off the road? Careless driving... Yeah.
      GMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      You gotta be an idiot to drive while wearing flip flops.
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GMan
        I always take mine off and drive barefoot
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      I HATE flip flops and I just sent this to my wife 'cause she loves them.
      Chris Bangle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Straight out of Final Destination 17. That's why I take my flip flops off when I drive (manual transmission). I will either take a second pair of shoes with me or drive barefoot. RIP ladies.
        MachDelta
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Bangle
        Don't drive barefoot, it's not a good idea either - when you have to stand on the brake pedal in an emergency it's going to hurt in bare feet, and you wont stop as short as you could. Keep a spare pair of proper driving shoes in the trunk if you have to.
        Kghd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Bangle
        What about put some proper shoes and stop procrastinating and cycling conveniences for your feet.
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