+1. I've been called to look at throttle cables in the lab because of a stuck throttle situation. I've even experienced it myself in a 66 Corvette (lifting the pedal and shifting to neutral managed that situation).
That said, I still think throttle-by-wire is a complicated and expensive endeavor, and may create more problems than it will solve, and be more expensive to design, manufacture, and repair than the money it will save. I personally have a throttle-by-wire that needs repair to the tune of $1400 in parts only. Keep it simple.
On another note, Drew Winter of Ward's Autoworld, wrote an editorial politely calling this incident "driver error" and praising Toyota for not getting heavy-handed on this situation. If anything, he's prodding Toyota to "force a reality check and point out driver error is a significant factor. The tragic crash could have been avoided by simply shifting into neutral. Every driver should know that, certainly a police officer."