Driver dies after saying a stuck accelerator caused the crash

Driver Dies After Saying A Stuck Accelerator Caused The Crash
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PARSONS, Kan. – A stuck accelerator could have caused a fatal crash in Parsons, Kansas.

The incident happened on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, around 7:47 p.m. at Kimball and Richard Streets. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the scene where a car caught fire after hitting a tree.

Authorities say a neighbor used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire before firefighters got there.

Officers on the scene reported only two people in the vehicle. According to the Police Department, the driver reported that the accelerator had stuck causing the crash. EMS took the driver, Harold Whetzel, to Labette Health. They then took him by ambulance to Tulsa. He later died due to his injuries.

EMS drove the passenger, Bette Whetzel, to Labette Health and then Freeman in critical condition.

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “This is an unfortunate event, and my heart goes out to the family, and anyone affected by the loss of Harold. Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd heard the crash and was able to report it and respond to the scene to help the arriving officers. That is a sign of a true professional in my opinion.”

Police are still investigating.