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Newport driver crashes Toyota into funeral home, cites sticking accelerator

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  • Becky Lane's Camry, crashed through the front of Manes Funeral Home (photo via Chief Maurice Shults)
  • Becky Lane's Camry, crashed through the front of Manes Funeral Home (photo via Chief Maurice Shults)
  • Becky Lane's Camry, crashed through the front of Manes Funeral Home (photo via Chief Maurice Shults)

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A Newport woman crashed through the wall of a funeral home after her Toyota Camry ran amok.

Becky Lane was transported by ambulance to get checked out after the crash, which left her 2008 Camry midway into the lobby of Manes Funeral Home.

"I heard a loud crash, and I walked up to the front and found that a car had struck the front of the building, coming through the front wall of the funeral home, had crossed our porch, took out the doors," said Chris Austin, Manes' president and funeral director.

Lane says she was headed to a nearby grocery store and stopped at the stop sign just up the street from the funeral home. That's when her car ran amok.

"My pedal went all the way to the bottom, and it got stuck," she said. 

The car clipped the sign of the funeral home and ran through the building.

"I thought, 'oh Lord, I'm gone,'" Lane said. "I thought, 'I'm gonna die,' because I thought I was going to hit something that was going to kill me or kill somebody else."

Witness Gary Ford confirmed that version of events from what he could see - he told Coakley he was crossing nearby railroad tracks when the vehicle came by him at a high rate of speed and crashed into the building.

When Ford approached the vehicle, the motor was revved up high, even in park.

Based on his observation of Lane's behavior, Officer Coakley had no suspicion of drugs or alcohol being involved in the crash. Police Chief Maurice Shults does not expect any citations or charges to be filed against Lane.

Toyota has acknowledged a problem with sticking accelerators and has even stopped selling some of its models nationwide. The Department of Transportation is looking into the issue, and drivers are advised to get their vehicle serviced.

Certain Camrys manufactured during 2007-2010 are a part of the recall; Becky Lane was driving a 2008 Camry.

10News contacted Toyota to ask about Lane's crash, but a message was not returned.

Meanwhile, Lane says her Camry suffered several thousand dollars' worth of damage, and she hopes that Toyota replaces it.

Until then, she's having second thoughts about getting behind the wheel.

"I'm still shocked over it, and I am going to be afraid to drive that car again," she said. "I don't know that I can drive that car again."

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