A wild scene played out in Florida earlier this week when a Cadillac XTS reversed out of a parking lot and onto an adjacent road, hopping the curb and narrowly missing several cars before looping back around into another parking lot and finally coming to rest on top of a pair of parked vehicles. The whole thing was captured on a dash cam by a nearby motorist.
The event occurred on Monday, May 4th, in Citrus Hills. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident to find a white Cadillac XTS sedan perched on top of a Volkswagen sedan and Dodge SUV.
Video of the event shows the Cadillac XTS reverse out of a nearby SunTrust parking lot at a high rate of speed, entering the adjacent County Road 486 after hopping the curb. The reversing vehicle then crosses over to the other lane. The driver turns the wheel, narrowly missing an oncoming SUV, then continues to loop back around, finally hopping another curb and crashing on top of a pair of parked vehicles.
Incredibly, no one was reported injured in the incident. The exact cause of incident is still under investigation.
Watching the whole thing play out is very weird indeed. The Cadillac XTS seems to reverse out of the parking lot at full throttle, then loop around in a wide arc before crashing back into the parked vehicles. The whole thing takes about 15 seconds to play out from start to finish, and the fact the Cadillac XTS manages to avoid the other cars on the road is nothing short of miraculous.
What do you think caused this bizarre incident? Was it driver error, or perhaps a weird mechanical fault? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to subscribe to Cadillac Society for more Cadillac XTS news and around-the-clock Cadillac news coverage.
Photo Source: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office
Well, I hope there were no injuries to anyone. Possibly there was a “medical emergency” of the driver, such that it caused them to pass out while in Reverse and applying their foot to the accelerator pedal? Another possibility may be a mechanical issue with the vehicle? Or another possibility would be if the driver had, for example, a “cane” that got lodged on the accelerator as they shifted the console gear selector and they did not react quickly? Whatever the cause, it is most a most unfortunate occurrence.
“Florida” sums it up! Tourists and the extreme elderly, a great combination.
You are a horse’s ass.
I have a 2013 XTS PREMIUM LUXURY. I CUSTOM ORDERED MY CAR IN 2013. I LOVE MY CAR. RECENTLY THE SAME INCIDENT HAPPEN TO ME. I HAVE IT ON VIDEO DUE TO HAVING CAMERAS AT MY HOME. I ARRIVED HOME, PLACE THE GEAR IN PARK TO CHECK MY MAILBOX. THE CAR STARTED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH MY DAUGHTER SITTING IN THE CAR. IM SO GLAD THIS INCIDENT HAPPEN AT HOME. THE CAR SLAMMED AGAINST THE GARAGE.
WHAT CAUSE THIS?
I was going to say no one mentions the drivers age, which, by the occurrence, and it happened in Florida, I would assume the driver is elderly.
The same thing happened back in the 1990s in New Jersey, where I used to live. An elderly woman was backing out of her parking space at the supermarket, got confused and tromped down on the gas pedal. Thus, smashing her car through those huge plate glass windows at the front of the store. After it happened, she just sat there, with a bewildered look on her face.
The item doesn’t mention a driver at all. I assume there was one.
Why put this article in the Cadillac Society? There is no evidence of a vehicle malfunction. This is an older model XTS. In FL it was probably driver error or medical emergency. This does a disservice to Cadillac!
Exactly, age. As you get older the brain doesn’t connect the same whether you like it or not. I had a video from my church security cameras and as this 80 plus lady pulled into a parking spot, guess what, she hit the gas pedal, hopped the curb and hit a palm tree and totaled her car. Luckily no one was on the walkway and she had her seat belt on. My father’s neighbor, in NY, got the two pedals confused, darted across the street and totaled out his Buick sitting in the garage. I’ve lived in FL for thirty years and this happens all the time, usually going forward into a store front or ends up in someone’s pool. Now that I’m 70 my insurance rates have jumped up.
Lets for a just a moment assume that it was a vehicle malfunction. At the very least it would serve as a heads up for owners of this vehicle.
As a GM Service district manager, many years ago, I had to inspect a Seville which drove in reverse at full engine power. It was obviously a driver error. He was not injured but the car was totaled.
Bryan E Reilly
Back in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, members of my family … uncles, aunts, their children … moved to Florida, and at least five non-A/C black Cadillacs got traded in for air conditioned white ones.
My parents (and I) remained in New York; our black Cadillacs continued to be traded in on new black ones.
Over the years, even as they grew old, those aunts and uncles continued to drive white Cadillacs. They’re all dead now, but to this day, a white Cadillac makes the vision of a white-haired old driver pop into my mind.
And since I can’t seem to say anything these days without offending someone,
I apologize in advance to all I have offended.🥴