Watch: Car wash worker plows SUV into 4 cars

Watch: Car wash worker plows SUV into 4 cars

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by Pat Dooris, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 12:51 PM

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Security video shot Saturday afternoon shows an SUV being driven out of the Beaverton Car Wash and almost immediately slamming into four other cars.

Police said an employee who was supposed to slowly drive the SUV over to a waiting area for final touch-ups told them the throttle stuck and when he stepped on the brake the Jeep would not stop.

The car wash manager, David Fiegert, said the driver "mistook the accelerator for the brake."

It's unclear why the two accounts differ.

Police cited the employee, Juan Luis Ramirez-Ramirez, for driving with a suspended license.

On the video, several car owners are seen standing near their vehicles as the SUV crashes into them. Amy Morgan had just loaded her three children into the back of her car and received "visible injuries to her feet and leg" during the crash, according to the police report.

Other drivers watched in horror.

"The mother, she'd just loaded her 7-month-old in. She hadn't even secured the car seat and it was the impact that dropped the car seat in and locked it," said Christy Haddock.  

Haddock's car was totaled in the crash.

"You could tell. There wasn't a panel, except possibly the driver's door, that didn't have damage. I mean the hood, the trunk, everything all the way around," Haddock said.

The SUV driven out of the car wash belongs to Mihaela Degan. She bought it just a month before the crash.

"I left it there and I just wanted a simple wash because, you know, it was dirty and...Wow! It was horrible, to tell you the truth," said Degan. "I was in shock."

Now, both drivers are angry because they believe Beaverton Car Wash does not have enough insurance to cover the damage.

"Their insurance told me that when they called yesterday," said Haddock. "And there may not be enough insurance to come around. They're refusing to pay our deductibles to even get started."

Tuesday, it appeared to be business as usual at Beaverton Car Wash. The manager refused to go on camera, but insisted the company's insurance would cover the cars damaged Saturday.

When asked specifically if they would be covered 100 percent, manager David Feigert said, "Of course they will."

The crash raises the question: When we drop off our vehicles for service, who is responsible if they're damaged?

Personal injury lawyer Mark Ginsberg, while not involved in the case, said the car wash is responsible.

"Ideally, their insurance should be the first insurance both for the actions of their employees and their physical space as well. But its always a good idea to have your own car insurance in case there's problems or something they don't cover," he said.

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