Sir, first I wish to express my condolences to you in your city’s
grief over such a large loss of life from the incredible accident
caused by Mr. Weller’s car last July. ("Elderly Driver Could
Face Manslaughter Charges in Market Fatalities," Dec. 18)
I have been following the story within the media. My interest
is because the actions of Mr. Weller and 1992 Buick LeSabre
reminded me of a Buick I used to own. The motor mount on the
left-hand side was breaking down. When I stepped on the throttle,
the engine rose from its mount, binding the accelerator linkage
and that caused the car to speed on -- out of my control. At
first, I could not even take it out of gear. I finally turned
the key off, killing the engine.
I believe your police department has great investigators who
would probably seek out such a scenario that I am suggesting.
Just in case someone missed it, I am sending you my thoughts
because I am bothered by the lack of information.
Has this area of the car been investigated? I mention this because
this is not the first time that I witnessed a bad motor mount
causing an engine to run away.
I am a retired expert with over 22 years of mechanical experience
in the International Union of Operating Engineers, where I have
worked as a Master Mechanic. And I have witnessed this anomaly
in other engines. It is a simple check done by jacking the engine
up to see if it lifts off the mount. If it is a mechanical defect,
then I would suspect the injured would have a legal claim for
their harm caused by the auto manufacturer, and not by Mr. Russell
I hope this information is helpful. I pray for relief to be
given to those who sorely need it.
T Dea Robertson-Gutierrez