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Parade Crash Victim Speaks Out

Henry Reed Henry Reed

We have more details about the accident on St. Patrick's Day. A Chrysler Sebring went out of control and crashed into a crowd of spectators in Wright Square. WTOC has obtained a report confirming the 1996 Sebring was recalled in July of 2002 because the throttle could stick and cause acceleration problems and loss of control.

DaimlerChrysler recalled 88,000 of this type of car. Police tell WTOC the driver, John Sheppard of Tybee Island, has not been completely cleared, but they are focusing their investigation on a malfunction with the car.

Several people were injured in the accident, including members of the Monmouth County, NJ, Police Pipe and Drum Corps and security personnel with the G-8 summit.

Today one of the victims spoke out about the accident. Henry Reed, his family and G-8 coworkers went to the parade to mix business with pleasure. His team was monitoring security at the event while enjoying the festivities when a car came speeding toward his group of almost 20 people.

"It headed right for me, exactly for me," he told us.

Reed plays the images over and over in his head. "We chose the worst possible place I guess," he said. "There was another family that normally pitches a tent there and they got upset and said, 'You got here first and took our place.'"

But what he thought was a stroke of luck didn't last long. "The car accelerated, moved around some marchers, hit one and headed for us," Reed said. "It seemed like it was accelerating while it was doing it."

Reed says during the panic, safety was his biggest concern. "I was looking for my secretary, my wife, we had to account for all, we had little children," he said.

Reed escaped with a huge gash on his arm requiring several stitches. "I moved fast, but I didn't move my hand fast enough," he said. "I think I was trying to encourage the car to slow down."

Reed's administrative assistant was also in the path of the car. She unfortunately had more serious injuries, including a broken hip, shoulder, knee and hand.

Reported by: Hena Daniels,

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