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Driver confuses accelerator for brake, crashes through apartment | No one injured in accident

Bellevue firefighters survey damage caused when this Toyota RAV 4 crashed through an apartment on the 16200 block of 13th Place Northeast on Monday. - Bellevue Fire Department
Bellevue firefighters survey damage caused when this Toyota RAV 4 crashed through an apartment on the 16200 block of 13th Place Northeast on Monday.
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Two residents in an apartment on the 16200 block of 13th Place Northeast were uninjured this morning when a 43-year-old man confused the accelerator for the brake of his 2003 Toyota RAV 4, driving it through their first-floor unit.

Bellevue Police Ofc. Carla Iafrate said the driver called 9-1-1 shortly before 8 a.m. Monday after driving his vehicle through a unit at the Bellpark East Apartments, and was unable to leave his vehicle. Two residents were in bed when the vehicle entered their apartment, but were not injured. The driver reported confusing his accelerator for the brake and is not facing charges, she said.

Firefighters removed the driver and his vehicle from the apartment and are still performing light construction to ensure the integrity of the apartment, said Bellevue Fire Lt. Rich Burke. City structural engineers were called to the scene and determined the apartment above the one damaged in the accident can remain occupied. Red Cross was called to provide assistance for the displaced residents.

 

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