Queens WWII Vet Blames Toyota for Synagogue Crash

By Mariel Smith
|  Tuesday, Feb 9, 2010  |  Updated 11:27 AM EDT
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A driver in Queens blames Toyota's problems for crashing into a building

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A driver in Queens blames Toyota's problems for crashing into a building

Toyota's international troubles literally hit close to home when a Queens D-Day veteran crashed his 2009 Toyota Camry onto the steps of a synagogue Monday afternoon.

Gerald Silver and his wife Roslyn were on the way home to their Forest Hills apartment when they said the accelerator jammed as Silver made a turn onto Yellowstone Blvd. from Queens Blvd.

"I attempted to brake it and it just kept getting faster and faster," The 86-year-old Purple Heart recipient told the Daily News. " I was practically right on top of two cars. I hit both of them and then ended up on the steps of the synagogue."

While Silver and his wife were grateful to be wearing their seatbelts, Roslyn was treated at a local hospital for a bruised forehead.

Although police have not commented on what started the accident, Silver told the News that he "blames" Toyota for it.

On Monday, Toyota recalled 170,000 of its Prius hybrid cars in Japan due to difficulties with its brakes.

Even Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't trust them.

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