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Authorities Investigate Cause of Jeep's Sudden Acceleration

Authorities Investigate Cause of Jeep's Sudden Acceleration

Posted - Feb. 25, 2004 at 3:33 p.m.



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Jill Atwood ReportingTwo Deseret Morning News employees are surrounded by family and friends as they recover this evening at LDS Hospital.

People are wondering today what happened to the Jeep Grand Cherokee; investigators are wondering the same thing. Meantime, detectives continue to pour over evidence from yesterday's accident, and with today's technology they don't even have to go back to the scene.

Det. Dwayne Baird, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: "We can actually take the measurements and the photographs, enter them into the computer, and will tells us from what information we have at this point exactly what happened."

How it happened will fall to a different expert, a forensic mechanic who will look at all the various systems in the car--from the brakes to the accelerator to the engine. Detectives are aware of the Grand Cherokee's track record when it comes to unexplained acceleration, but say, “we won’t take into consideration those problems that this vehicle has had because we don’t want to jeopardize the independence of this investigation.”

At this point no charges are pending against the driver, 76 year old Hussein Sepehri-Nik, but of course the investigation is still in its early stages.

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