Looks like those who called “driver error” on the Prius that slammed into a stone wall in upstate New York a couple weeks back might have reason to boast. An e-mail from NHTSA seems to negate the driver’s claims that she attempted to brake during the incident.
Reads the NHTSA message:
Information retrieved from the vehicle’s onboard computer systems indicated there was no application of the brakes and the throttle was fully open.
You might also remember from this case that the local police chief publicly defended the driver and that he wasn’t prepared to release the car until after he’d closed his investigation.