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      03-13-2006, 10:28 PM   #1
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Stupidest BMW driver ever?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...portaltop.html

The accelerator has jammed, the brakes have burned out and I'm trapped in my BMW doing 130mph
By Nick Britten
(Filed: 11/03/2006)

A motorist was trapped in his car driving at almost 130mph for 60 miles after the accelerator jammed.

Kevin Nicolle, 25, was unable to stop the automatic BMW going at top speed after the malfunction on the A1.


Kevin Nicolle: 'I couldn't get the pedal off the floor'
His terrifying journey, which was followed by four police cars and a helicopter, ended when he smashed the car into a roundabout, flipping it on its roof.

Amazingly, the former lorry driver walked away from the accident uninjured.

"The whole thing was just a blur," he said. "I can't get it out of my head. I was terrified, hysterical and crying.

"Every time I close my eyes I remember it.

"It's a miracle I didn't collide with another vehicle or cause a pile-up, but I had a lot of close shaves with lorries and cars and swerved about trying to avoid them."

Mr Nicolle was driving back from friends in Newcastle to his home in Southsea, Hants, last Sunday, when the accelerator on his automatic BMW 318 jammed at Catterick, near junction 53 of the A1.

He then travelled 60 miles in 26 minutes, passing through three counties.


"I had been driving for quite a while when I realised the accelerator pedal was stuck down," he said. "I had gone into the fast lane and I couldn't get the pedal off the floor. I used my hands-free phone and tried the AA to ask them what to do.

"At that point I wasn't panicking because I jammed my foot on the brake and that was keeping the speed to a steady 70mph.

"I told the AA I couldn't slow down. I thought they might be able to give me some advice but they told me to hang up straight away and phone the police. I dialled 999 and spoke to a woman and by this time I was starting to panic because the speed of the car had increased to 100mph."

Police alerted a helicopter and four traffic cars set off to try to catch him as Mr Nicolle kept up a running commentary, all the time flashing his lights and sounding his horn to warn other motorists.

"My brakes were burning out and starting to fail - that's when the speed really started to build," he said. "I could see the speed building to 120mph or 130mph. I remember starting to shake and freeze up. I was really panicking and broke into tears. I couldn't help it because I thought I was definitely going to die.

"I was trying to slip the car into neutral but because the car was over-revving and red-lining I couldn't do it.

"I couldn't turn off the ignition because it would have disabled the power steering and made it even more dangerous. I was even shouting at the other drivers to get out of the way, I was getting hysterical. The traffic was getting heavier and I had to take drastic measures.

"I overtook someone on the verge outside the fast lane and police told me to get on to the hard shoulder. But I passed three or four slip roads and at one point I nearly T-boned someone trying to get on from the slip road.

"The woman operator told me the police were about half a mile behind me but they were finding it difficult to catch me.

"I told them to send an ambulance because I was going to die. I knew I was going to die.

"Then I saw a sign saying it was 800 yards to a round-about. There was a queue of cars and I swerved round them then I tried to go round the roundabout itself.

"I didn't deliberately try to crash the car to stop myself. I remember saying to the fireman, 'Don't cut my car, you'll damage it' but they were saying, 'Don't worry about that mate, it's written off'. I'd buy another BMW because, although there was a problem, it saved my life in that crash."

Mr Nicolle overturned the car at the Blyth roundabout near Worksop. Nottinghamshire police confirmed his version of events.

A spokesman said: "Kevin was monitored doing in excess of 100mph and is lucky to have walked away with minor injuries.

"He phoned 999 to say that his brakes weren't working and was terrified for his life."

The racing green R-reg car, which Mr Nicolle had had for a year, has been examined by police and he has been told he will not face prosecution.

A spokesman for BMW, which wants to examine the wrecked car, said: "We are unaware of any issues of that nature with that particular model."

FYI: I saw this on the news yesterday and he bought a brand new E90 as for his replacement car.
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      03-14-2006, 03:30 AM   #2
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what a freakin idiot...he had plenty of options...funny thing is that he was worried that his engine would burn out if he put it in neutral cause it was gonna "overrev" hahaha but he said he burst into tears cause he thought he was gonna die....what an IDIOT!!! morons like that shouldnt even belong on the road!
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Even if the steering locked once the ignition was turned off, I'd rather go straight while I slow down with my brakes, than to be able to turn at 130 mph.
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      04-19-2006, 06:57 PM   #5
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what a freakin idiot...he had plenty of options...funny thing is that he was worried that his engine would burn out if he put it in neutral cause it was gonna "overrev" hahaha but he said he burst into tears cause he thought he was gonna die....what an IDIOT!!! morons like that shouldnt even belong on the road!
is there a rev limiter for neutral?
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      04-24-2006, 03:55 PM   #6
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timzerofive: Exactly!

Police: "So, you were going 180km/h at 50km/h zone. Anything to say for yourself before I take away your license for 6 months and give you a 10.000 euro fine?"

Me: "Yes, I was horrified I would die because the accellerator had stuck! Please call an ambulance, call the press, it's a miracle that I could finally get this car to stop!!"

As far as the original story... what a moron. There should be a moron-test for people wanting to buy a BMW.

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      10-23-2006, 09:20 PM   #8
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Man..that was weird. Im surprised that I havent seen more about in on the internet.

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How cool, in Europe they use mph now? I didn't know that
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