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Toyota Sued Over Crash in August

Posted on: March 2, 2010

Toyota Crash

A terrible car crash in August of 2009 was the starting point for all of the Toyota recalls.  Three family members along with relatives of a California Highway Patrol were killed and now Toyota Motor Corporation is being blamed for their deaths.  John Saylor (off duty CHP), his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law died on August 28th, 2009.  They were all in a 2009 Lexus ES350 when it took off at full speed, reaching 120 miles per hour in rush hour traffic in suburban San Diego, CA.  The brother of Saylor’s wife called in the emergency and told the emergency dispatcher that the accelerator pedal was stuck and Saylor was unable to slow down. “We’re in trouble. . . . There’s no brakes. End freeway half-mile,” Christopher Lastrella said during the recorded conversation. Saylor, 45, his wife, Cleofe, daughter Mahala and Lastrella were killed instantly.  Immediately after the crash Toyota recalled millions of cars for the same reason, sticking accelerator because of a floor mat jam.  Toyota officials said they do not discuss the pending litigation.

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