Death race: Frenchman trapped inside runaway car at 125 mph

Frank Lecerf's life flashed by him when his Renault Laguna got stuck at 125 mph and sped him through northern France all the way into Belgium.

A humdrum Saturday trip to the grocery story was anything but simple and slow for Frank Lecerf.

After the 36-year-old Frenchman left the store in Pont-de-Metz, France, his Renault Laguna III failed to slow down once it reached 60 mph. Each time Lecerf applied the brakes, the Laguna sped up, rising to a top speed of 125 mph.

And there he stayed — in racing speed for an hour, in a vehicle with its own wheel-based acceleration and brake system specially adapted for his epilepsy.

The rest, says The Independent, was a horror story for Lecerf, who's lucky be alive.

While speeding through fast lanes and swerving to avoid fellow drivers on the A16 motorway in northern France, Lecerf miraculously managed to call emergency services, who dispatched a platoon of police cars to escort him and ensure that motorists avoided the car's path.

Police managed to have three toll stations lifted to make way for the Lecerf. They also connected him with a Renault engineer to try and fix the problem, which Lecerf said has happened before. At a previous check of his speed dial, Renault told him the vehicle was in perfect working order.

Unfortunately for Lecerf, Renault engineers told him they had no solution for his unstoppable car. At this point, according to The Guardian, police understood that running out of gas was Lecerf's only way to stop. The Independent, however, explained the end of Lecerf's ride differently, reporting that his accelerator magically unlocked so he was able to steer his car into a ditch in Alveringem, Belgium.

But the Frenchman's ordeal wasn't over yet. According to The Independent, Lecerf suffered two seizures after finally being able to exit his vehicle.

All told, Lecerf traversed 111 miles, spending more than an hour in his car jolting through France's northern coast — a nice trip at normal speeds — passing Calais and Dunkirk.

Lecerf's lawyer said his client will file a lawsuit against Renault for the "endangerment of a person's life," a bit of an understatement for being helplessly trapped inside a speeding vehicle for an hour.

Renault is currently investigating the out-of-control car. Officials told The Independent they believe no engineering fault is to blame. Instead, they suggested to the paper that Lecerf may have simply panicked after he accidentally manipulated some of the Laguna's controls.

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