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Updated: Employee crashes customer’s SUV at carwash

July 16, 2014
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BEAVERTON, Ore. — An accident that involved a carwash employee crashing a customer’s SUV into four other vehicles on Saturday was caught on security footage, according to kgw.com.

The staff member was supposed to slowly drive the SUV to receive the final touches on work being done to it, notes the article, but the employee told police "the throttle stuck and when he stepped on the brake the Jeep would not stop," notes the article.

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The manager of Beaverton Car Wash, David Fiegert, said that the employee “mistook the accelerator for the brake." It’s unknown, stated the article, why the two accounts differ. The employee was cited by the police, continues the article, for driving with a suspended license.

The SUV owner, Mihaela Degan, said she purchased the vehicle a month ago, and “was in shock” by the accident that took place. One of the other car owners involved in the crash received injuries to her leg and feet, notes the police report.

There is anger amongst the vehicle owners about the insurance coverage at Beaverton, and a belief the wash will not have sufficient insurance to cover the entire accident. "Their insurance told me that, when they called yesterday," said Christy Haddock, whose vehicle was totaled. "And there may not be enough insurance to come around. They're refusing to pay our deductibles to even get started."

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The owner of the wash, however, said that the vehicles would be 100 percent covered.

A personal injury lawyer, Mark Ginsberg, who is not involved in this case, said the responsibility is on the carwash. "Ideally, their insurance should be the first insurance both for the actions of their employees and their physical space as well. But it's always a good idea to have your own car insurance in case there's problems or something they don't cover," he said.

Updated: Koin 6 reports that one of the car owners whose vehicle was damaged was already informed by her insurance company that Beaverton is paying her $250 deductible. 

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