Louisville man crashes in recalled Camry

By Jon Chrisos – bio | email
Posted by Alane Paulley - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man remained hospitalized in intensive care Sunday after crashing his 2010 Toyota Camry - and the model he was driving is among those included in Toyota's most recent recall.

Toyota's major recall involved eight of its most popular models, and although the automaker says it has a fix for what it calls "sticking accelerator" pedals, it looks like it will come too late for a Louisville man who crashed Jan. 29 in a recalled Camry.

Paula Allen says her husband, Todd, was pulling into a parking spot off Blue Lick and Preston in Okolona Saturday night when suddenly, for no reason at all, the car took off at a high speed. Paula says her husband tried to brake with both feet, but the car wouldn't stop.

The 2010 Camry is one of the eight models that Toyota recalled less than two weeks ago because a defective gas pedal could cause unintended acceleration. Toyota says the problem is rare but hasn't released any numbers about how often it's happened.

Rescue crews were able to get all four men out of the Camry and to University Hospital. At last check, Todd Allen was in intensive care with a possible spinal cord injury and no feeling in his legs. The Allens say they didn't even know about the recall until a nurse told them about it Saturday night.

We also checked with LMPD and officials confirmed the crash happened but a report won't be available for at least another day.

Our call to Toyota for reaction wasn't immediately returned.

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