Rogue Mustang bucks mechanic, crosses busy Memphis street

Published: Aug. 22, 2018 at 8:52 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2018 at 10:30 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis automotive expert learned a new, unexpected lesson in car safety this morning.

Surveillance video from Madison Automotive at 2457 Covington Pike shows David Jayne being flung out of a 2005 red Ford Mustang convertible and on to his business' parking lot. The video shows the red convertible proceeding driver-less across busy Covington Pike and crashing softly into a parked car across the street.

"We had an outside company detailing the Mustang this morning and the floor mat got thrown back inside the car on top of the gas pedal," said Jayne, the Madison Automotive owner and a father of 2-year-old twins and a four-year-old.

"I had the door latched but not shut all the way and didn't realize the accelerator was stuck, so when I came around the corner and took a right into a parking space, I got slung out. I only weigh 150 pounds," Jayne said.

The video shows Jayne chasing the driver-less Mustang across Covington Pike as the car miraculously threads through traffic unscathed.

"Apparently the accelerator came unstuck as it bounced across the street and idled," Jayne said.

The Mustang rolled softly into the parking lot of Jayne's across the street neighbor, a car lot called Auto Universe, where the collision with a parked vehicle caused about $500 damage.

Jayne says he's now repairing the damage at his neighbor's automotive shop.

"It could've been a big deal, but it turned out pretty good," Jayne admitting that he averted a near tragedy on busy Covington Pike which is lined with car dealerships and other automotive businesses.

Jayne is calling his morning experience a "life lesson" and he encourages all drivers to check vehicle floor mats after vacuuming to avoid repeating the kind of wake-up call he had Wednesday morning.

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