Posts Tagged ‘abc7’

So the Deadly “80 MPH” Mercedes Benz Accident of Jennie Zhu was due to “Pedal Misapplication?” That’s One Theory

Friday, January 10th, 2014

This is news to me:

Zhu reportedly told police that the car may have malfunctioned and that it began accelerating* on its own. ABC7 news has learned that investigators brought in an engineer from Mercedes Benz and experts from the California Highway Patrol to look into that possibility. Court records state that they ‘found there were no mechanical issues that could explain unintended acceleration.’”

Other reports had driver Jennie Zhu even unwilling to speak to her attorney.

That makes this accident look more like a run-of-the-mill case of pedal misapplication.

I’ll just say that if her foot had been on the brake and she was pressing hard, there’s no way that her car would have done what it did.

Here’s a brief checklist of things you can do when your car takes off on you:

Make sure your foot is on the brake pedal (because it’s not there the way you think it is**)

Use your emergency brake

Throw the gear selector into Neutral.

Turn off the ignition by turning your key to the left (or do whatever you had planned to do to turn your car off after you arrived at your destination)

Scrape up against parked cars on either side of the road in order to slow down

Those are just a few ideas.

Solving this mystery would have been helped if driver Jennie Zhu had been more forthcoming. At this point, it’s very possible we’ll never know the full details of what occurred.

But her telling the police that the Mercedes just took off on her is probably good enough to keep her from any jail time in SF, IMO. This is a much better story than her saying that she was in a hurry and was trying to beat the red lights on a street that, more or less, has timed*** lights.

At the end of this thing, nobody’s going to believe that the car just took off on its own and she had her foot hard on the brake the whole time.

*”Unintended acceleration resulting from pedal misapplication is a driver error wherein the driver presses the accelerator when braking is intended. Some shorter drivers’ feet may not be long enough to touch the floor and pedals, making them more likely to press the wrong pedal due to a lack of proper spatial or tactile reference. Pedal misapplication may be related to pedal design and placement, as in cases where the brake and accelerator are too close to one another, or the accelerator pedal too large.”

**Now if you want to make your brakes fail by boiling your brake fluid through misuse like that guy in SoCal did with his Prius, well then be my guest. But the accident you cause will be on you.

***More or less. But on this stretch of Pine, it’s possible a jackrabbit start will get you through a few yellow lights and on your way westward. Depending on the traffic, this might save you a minute or two when travelling from Polk to Buchanan on Pine.

Media Smackdown: National Aviation Journalist vs. ABC7KGOTV’s Michael Finney on the “Trapped 8 Days at SFO” Bit

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Uh oh, I smell trouble brewing after this recent bit from the Bay Area’s Michael Finney.

Check it:

“…a loyal reader sent a link to what ABC seven-on-your-side reporter Michael Finney  in San Francisco thinks is news, a 2 minute plus tear-jerker of a story about Terri Weissinger, who made a home for herself in the San Francisco Airport in April.”

The battle is now well and truly joined:

Mr. seven-on-her-side, Finney had the nerve (reporters are very nervy, busted!) to call the airline for a response as if Ms. Weissinger’s inability to pay for the services of an airline to take her and her stuff from A to B was worthy of a response from the airline and got a somewhat gracious,  “We have apologized for her experience but cannot refund her ticket.” Stuck in the airport because of baggage fees, is the characterization of the reporter. She wasn’t stuck in the airport because of baggage fees, she was stuck in the airport because while she certainly looks like an adult, she was as ill-informed and as helpless as a child.”

This is what the lecture on “Aviation Reporting 101″ looks like:

Can’t we all get along?

The Union Square Apple Store Becomes a Late-Night Post-It Note Shrine for Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The scene this morning on Stockton Street via hard-working, early-rising ABC7 News reporter Amy Hollyfield:

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“Lovely Oakland Street With a Dead Body in the Middle of It” by Amy Hollyfield of ABC7 TV News

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Lovely Oakland street with a dead body in the middle of it:

Via Amy Hollyfield

Amy Hollyfield’s Fashion Update: A Strong “NO” for Those New Foot-Glove Sock Sandal Things

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

[UPDATE: We have a Minority Report in the Comments Section. Are these things called Vibram Five Fingers or something? News to me.]

ABC 7 News Reporter Amy Hollyfield pauses to make an observation:

These r so ugly I seriously can’t take it. On my photog. http://twitgoo.com/2d2khv

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Agreed.

A Couple of Guys Hanging Around in Their Underwear at 4:00 AM – How the News Gets Made at ABC7 KGO-TV

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

This was the scene today inside the studios of KGO-TV ABC-7 as caught by the ‘Berry of lovely reporter Amy Hollyfield.

Is that Eric Thomas and Mike Nicco? Why, they look like a couple of bloggers hanging about in their underwear or PJs or whatnot, huh?

Une tranche de vie:

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Uh, the 1970′s just called – it wants its telephones back.

And the 1980′s called – it wants its tiny Sony monitors back.

And the 1990′s called – it wants its desktop PCs back.

Anywho, keep up the good work, KGO!