More questions are being raised surrounding the story of a California man who claims his Toyota Prius accelerated out of control last week.
John Sikes called 911 saying he could not stop his car as it raced down the highway at speeds topping 90 miles an hour. But federal investigators and Toyota experts said they cannot duplicate the incident as he described it.
"In this case, knowing that we are able to push the car around the shop, it does not appear to be feasibly possible - both electronically and mechanically - that his gas pedal was stuck to the floor and he was slamming on the brake at the same time," a report for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform revealed.
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Investigators are also asking why Sikes did not put the car in neutral, even though the 911 operator instructed him to several times.
John Gomez, Sikes's attorney, said the tests do not prove anything and that his client has no motive for lying. The California Highway Patrol said it still believes the incident is real.
"I don't put a whole lot of stock in their explanation," he said. "It's not surprising they couldn't replicate it. They have never been able to replicate an incident of sudden acceleration. Mr. Sikes never had a problem in the three years he owned this vehicle."