An official with the British luxury car maker Bentley Motors reacted to the allegations set forth by criminal defense attorney Roy Black that the accident that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson in Wellington occurred when Goodman’s Bentley malfunctioned.
Bentleys, the official said, are not prone to a sudden acceleration because the technology used makes it impossible!
On Monday, Black opened his defense in International Polo Club Palm Beach owner Goodman’s DUI manslaughter trial in West Palm Beach with claims that Goodman wasn’t drunk at the time of the February 2010 accident.
What’s more, a computer malfunction in the $280,000-Bentley convertible, Black announced, caused the car to surge forward at the stop sign and crash into Wilson – despite Goodman’s best efforts to stop it.
And Black promised engineers would tell the jury how it happened.
Don’t bother, said Bentley spokeswoman Valentine O’Connor.
“Those claims are without merit,” O’Connor said. “Anytime the brake pedal is depressed, it cuts the throttle. We don’t have any such incidents (sudden acceleration) on record.
“All Bentleys have smart-pedal technology, meaning the ‘brake pedal wins’ over the accelerator whenever the throttle and brake are depressed together.”
O’Connor added that Bentley Motors is “not a party to the pending criminal action.”
“Accordingly, we are not proving anything in this case,” she said. “We have complete confidence in our vehicles, are prepared to demonstrate such confidence when appropriate,” O’Connor said.
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