SANTEE, Calif. (AP) - A fiery car wreck that killed four people in San Diego County may have been caused by an accelerator pedal stuck under a floor mat.
Sheriff's investigator Scott Hill says witnesses reported the tires of a speeding Lexus were on fire before it crashed Aug. 28 in Santee. The preliminary investigation says the flames suggest constant, heavy braking.
The victims included California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, 45; his wife Cleofe, 45; their daughter Mahala, 13; and Cleofe's brother Chris Lastrella, 38.
A passenger called 911 to report that the car's accelerator was stuck and the vehicle wouldn't stop.
The vehicle reached about 120 mph before hitting an embankment, rolling several times and bursting into flames.
News 8 reporter Phil Blauer's video recounts the chilling 911 call from a passenger in the car. (Warning: The 911 call may be disturbing for some.)
Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
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