Parallel Parking Too Close for Comfort

Jan 15, 2014 4:35pm
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            (Photo Credit: Martin County Sheriff's Office)

A faulty parking-assist function has been blamed for sending a car zooming over a parking lot division, crashing into a parked vehicle.  No one was injured in the accident.

The incident occurred in the Target parking lot in Stuart, Fla. Jonathon Libratore, 27, told police he was attempting to park when the parking-assist function on his 2013 BMW malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to accelerate over the parking mound and collide with a parked car on the other side, according to the accident report.

Both cars had to be towed from the scene.

Libratore’s infant son was also in the vehicle but was uninjured in the crash, according to the report. ABC News has been unable to reach him.

BMW claims the vehicle driven by Libratore did not feature a parking assist function.

“The car involved in this incident is not equipped with the optional BMW Park Assist feature which could not, therefore, have played a role,” BMW North America spokesman Dave Buchko told ABC News in an emailed statement.

“BMW Park Assist prompts the driver to engage the appropriate gear–either forward or reverse and requires the driver to control the speed of the car using the brake and accelerator pedals. The system does not have the ability to accelerate the car,” Buchko said.

BMW has not been contacted by authorities to investigate the incident, he added.

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