Back in December, one North Texas teenager received a quick lesson in car control at the hands of his 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Elez Lushaj called police, after he says his car accelerated to nearly 120 mph on Highway 183 unintentionally. Dispatchers urged the 16-year-old driver to try everything from turning the car off to standing on the brakes and putting the car in neutral, but Lushaj told them nothing was working. Flummoxed, police simply did their best to warn traffic away from the speeding compact with the hope that the car would eventually run out of fuel.

Before that could happen, Lushaj lost control on Interstate 30 after some 90 minutes as he attempted to avoid a semi truck. The Elantra rolled four times, leaving the driver conscious but with several broken bones. Police commended Lushaj for keeping the car on the road and away from population centers for as long as he did.

Hyundai, meanwhile, said that it hasn't heard anything on the case. Spokesperson Jim Trainor reported to WFAA that it was "extremely unlikely for simultaneous and spontaneous total system failures for the brakes, accelerator and transmission to occur at the same time" and notes that Hyundai would like to investigate, but this is the first they've heard of Lushaj's wild ride. You can watch a local news report on the incident below for more information.



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      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unintended acceleration is 99.99% human error. It's usually used as a tactic by drivers who: 1) hit the accelerator pedal by accident in an attempt to deny fault in a crash 2) explain away erratic behavior while they are under the influence 3) trying to leverage a buyback and/or get the manufacturer to pay in some way It's extremely rare for it to be an actual car failure (ie Toyota floor mat pedal entrapment)
        aspade
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        Stacking additional floormats until they interfere with the pedals isn't human error?
          aspade
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aspade
          The large Toyota floormat recall was for hooks which could come loose potentially allowing the floormat to be kicked up against the pedals. That one wasn't a stacking issue but it's a stretch to describe it as an incorrect design interfering with the pedal either. A loose mat is only a problem when compounded with gross operator negligence - the mats of most of the cars I have owned didn't have a hook at all.
          Car Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aspade
          Toyota had some winter floormats incorrectly designed that interfered with the pedal. It wasn't a stacking issue in that case.
        hp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        Agreed, or possibly some type of jackass style stunt.
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Car Guy
        No it's not, and you have zero facts.
      xspeedy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did he get Hyundai's estimated highway mileage during that run?
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it is true that the transmission, ignition, and braking systems all failed simultaneously, then the only conclusion we can draw is that God exists and hates this kid. I would not be surprised if 911 did not get a call from the kid until after a police cruiser clocked him going 120mph and went lights-and-siren on him. The photograph that the news program used of him was of him sitting in the driver's seat of a Benz with the wheel at full lock. I bet his pre-frontal cortex-deficient brain thought he'd have fun like in a video game at no expense. Lying is much easier than being self-disciplined.
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Oh yea and the kid wanted to wreck the car and almost take his life, you cannot be serious.
          James
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Renaurd
          In for a penny, in for a pound. The kid probably thought the only way out was to wreck, and he thought he'd drive in to a ditch and get the car lodged. Instead it flips four times. Simple miscalculation, could have happened to anybody.
          James
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Renaurd
          Or he honestly thought he'd make it until he ran out of gasoline, but miscalculated trying to pass the semi.
      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      The driver said he put the car in neutral, but that didn't do anything. I find that impossible to believe.
        Rieku Ame
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dinobot666
        I find this hard to believe also as the transmission is essentially no longer "connected" to the engine. The engine can rev all it wants, but without the tranny to transfer (transmit as in transmission) power to the wheels, the car essentially is a noisy paper weight.
      RJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Help, it's late at night on an freeway and my Z06 is stuck at 190 mph in 5th and nothing works. What do I do??? Help, I'm on my bike doing a full tuck, and the bike is stuck at top speed! Help, my car just did a perfect launch when the light turned green, and held full throttle for 1/4 mile. The Mustang beside me did the same. Help! Gimme a break. Try harder next time. Sadly, the guy got what he deserves for wasting tax dollars, public resource, and others at risk. Not to mention purposely ruining the reputation of a company.
      Sergio526
      • 1 Year Ago
      Notice how this NEVER happens to someone who knows anything about cars? Seems to be old people, flakes, and attention ******.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm voting BS on this one as well. I agree, he was clocked at high speed and I'm sure when the cops got up to him he made that BS call. Plus his picture sitting in the Benz didn't help any, he obviously likes cars pushed the limits of what he could get away with. And at 113 miles, he must of had one full tank to go along with this ride. Your fuel efficiency drops significantly when your running at that speed. I'm sure Hyundai will take the black box and investigate to see if the brakes were ever applied, or the car was really in neutral upon impact.
      PeterScott
      • 1 Year Ago
      This reminds me of the dirtbag who was facing bankruptcy during the Toyota unintended acceleration news. He called the police, and waited for them to show up and witness his "out of control" ride, but refused their advice to turn off the ignition, or shift into neutral for sketchy reasons.
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      i dont buy the story...there are only 2 ways i see it 1 - the kid was caught speeding and thought of this excuse and kept going with it 2 - he\'s looking for attention or a serious pay out
        Arturo Rios Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        My brother lie to the police once. He came up with this huge story about him parking his car where he usually parks, I was out of town for that day. When I came back to the house he comes to me and tell me that his car is no longer where he parks and that someone must have moved the car from one parking spot to another. So I go and see the car and everything looks find from the rear but as I look towards the front, I see all the damage. Since I have told my brother not to drive the car because the brakes were not working, I knew the crash had something to do with the brakes. Anyhow, my brother comes with this story that he might have left the keys inside the car the day before since he cannot find them, then that in the morning some guys came selling CDs knocking on our door. He swears he didn't drove the car and that he was sleeping all day. I was not buying it, so my first reaction was to call my brother's friends to see if they were with him when he crashed his car, and see if I would caught him in the lie. Nobody knew anything. My worry was two things, one was that perhaps my brother hit someone/injure and run away, in which case this was a big deal and the other that he crash while trying to stop and just wasn't telling me. my brother tells me that he might have leave the keys inside the car the previous day and that someone might have seen them and try to steal the car, since they didnt know about the brakes they crashed. The problem was that why would they return the car close to where the car was parked in the first place. So I though that maybe one of my brothers friend decided to take the car for a spin when he saw the keys inside. So I confront my brother to tell me what really happen, that otherwise I was going to call the police, and he kept his story straight so believable that I had to call the cops to come and see what happen. That morning I wend to work and just waited for the cops to come later since they said it wasn't an emergency. By the time the cops arrive, I was at work and my dad was now with my brother. My dad calls me that the police wanted to arrest my brother, man! did I panic. My first though was that perhaps my brother crashed and hit somebody and who knows what happen. I drive back to our house and the cops were there, and so my dad and my brother. I talked to the police. Turns out the police had no clue of why the car was crashed but they believe my brother drove it, crashed and just wanted to say that someone stole the car. Well my brother kept his same story, and the police left.My brother had recently gotten a DUI so that's when it all clicked. My brother was scared of going back to jail since he was not suppose to be driving. I explain him that if crashing the car was an accident he would not go to jail, accidents happen. The insurance will cover the damages. At last I find the spot where the crashed happen and as we pass by he started crying and confess. So yeah teenagers lie.
        King of Eldorado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        My first suspicion was also the caught-speeding scenario, but it seems that if this is what happened, after a half-hour or so the kid would have reported that the brakes had (ahem) "started working again" or the accelerator had (ahem) "come unstuck," and brought the car to a safe stop, rather than continuing the game for 90 minutes. I think your second suggestion is more the likely one, or maybe some type of mental brain-freeze episode?
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every car has that problem lurking behind the wheel. It is commonly known as "the driver".
      HelpingBrainwashedFo
      WFAA and the police were totally used by Lushaj's family. Hyundai already has records to all his twitter messages. 2003 graduate of Bell High School (not 16 years old). Lives at home with his Albanian immigrant family. No further education beyond high school. Twitter rants of total fraud. Per WFAA: >>The teen’s father called the incident a “nightmare” and said his son will likely have permanent damage from the wreck. The Lushajs declined further comment, based on advice from their attorney, who said he is considering litigation.<< Per Twitter: >>Elez Lüshaj ‏@ElezLushaj I can be so mean when I wanna be, I am capable of really anything. Elez Lüshaj ‏@ElezLushaj I'm not a slut, I just love love Elez Lüshaj ‏@ElezLushaj The Truth About Love comes at 3am, you wake up ****** up, naked with your best friend. Elez Lüshaj ‏@ElezLushaj You keep on asking if im alright, ***** are you blind? Elez Lüshaj ‏@ElezLushaj "The higher the thong, the closer to god" -A Tranny at the Gaga Concert Elez Lüshaj ‏@ElezLushaj You are so ******* ugly. You look malnourished and have down syndrome Elez Lüshaj ‏@ElezLushaj All I see is $ign$<<
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      shame on public media/police for being so gullible...but this punk got what he deserved
        Megadethmartyr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        Hope Hyundai responds in an Audi like manner, informing him where he can shove it.
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