Man Drives Off Stearns Wharf

The scene at Stearns Wharf Friday afternoon after a driver went off the edge.

A driver reportedly hit the gas instead of the brake on Stearns Wharf Friday afternoon, propelling his rented Volkswagen Passat off the east-side of the wharf and into the sea. Though the airbag burst open, causing minor cuts and bruises, the man escaped the car, swam to a ladder, and climbed back up to the wharf, according to city firefighters.

Numerous Harbor Patrol, police, fire, and waterfront vehicles and personnel responded to the accident, which occurred close to 2 p.m. The vehicle ran over a curb barrier, but the wharf was not damaged.

Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect that it was a VW Passat that fell into the water, not a Jetta.


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