The identity of the driver who crashed into two houses in the Springdale section of Wheeling was revealed Wednesday.
According to police, the driver was 59-year-old Wesley McConnell from Wood Aire Court.
McConnell claims his gas pedal stuck, causing him to drive up onto the lawn, over the wall and into the two houses.
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Police say while sticky gas pedals are rare, they are possible. They have a few suggestions in case it ever happens to you.
“Number one: put your car in neutral,” Wheeling Police Deputy Chief Marty Kimball said. “It will slow you down immediately. Your engine will race, but your car will come to a stop. Number two: downshift. While it won’t stop you, it will slow you down and mitigate the problem. The other option is turn your car off. Will you cause damage to your engine? Perhaps, but you’re going to stop.”
Kimball says drivers mistaking the gas pedal for the brake is actually the more common problem in these types of accidents. He says this especially happens with elderly drivers.
No official charges have been filed in this case.