Frank Lecerf, French Driver, Trapped In Renault Speeding 125 Mph

Feb 15, 2013

A French driver found himself re-enacting the Hollywood thriller "Speed" this week after his car sped up to 125 mph and wouldn't stop.

According to several media reports, Frank Lecerf was driving to the supermarket in his specially handicapped-enabled Renault Laguna when the car started acting up. Every time the 36-year-old attempted to brake, the car accelerated, eventually topping out at a terrifying 125 mph.

With no other options, Lecerf sped along the highway, managing to place a panicked call to emergency services. Police cars formed a speeding phalanx for the motorist, escorting him until he finally ran out of gas and swerved into a ditch in Alveringem, Belgium, about 125 miles from his house, the Guardian reports.

"My life flashed before me," Lecerf told Le Courrier picard, according to the Guardian. "I just wanted it to stop."

His lawyer said they planned to file a lawsuit against Renault.

As AOL Auto notes, sudden acceleration has been a problem for other car companies in the past, most notably Toyota.

Since November, Toyota has settled several unintended-acceleration lawsuits, agreeing to pay upwards of $1 billion in damages, according to Bloomberg. The Japanese-based company recalled more than 10 million cars related to the problem starting in September of 2009.

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