Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Candace Anderson

This is Candace Anderson:

This is Candace Anderson's GM vehicle, note no airbag deployment:

June 24, 2014  

Texas Lawyer Asks GM CEO Mary Barra To Join In Pardon Request For Wrongly Convicted GM Victim

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, Texas lawyer Bob Hilliard, one of the nation's key players in pursuing claims against General Motors for deaths and injuries caused by faulty ignition switches, asked GM's CEO, Mary Barra to join in his effort to seek a Pardon from Texas Governor Rick Perry on behalf of wrongly convicted GM victim, Candice Anderson. Mr. Hilliard asked Ms. Barra to provide a letter of recommendation to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles who will then make its recommendation to the Governor's office.


Almost ten years ago Candice Anderson lost control of her 2004 Saturn ION while driving down a county road in East Texas. Candice's fiancé, Gene Mikale Erickson was her passenger that day and died when their vehicle left the roadway and collided, head-on, into a nearby grove of trees. Both Candice and Mikale's airbags failed to deploy due to the sub-standard ignition switch GM knowingly installed in millions of vehicles across the country. GM counts Mikale's death as one of the 13 confirmed fatalities linked to the faulty ignition switch.


In response to a recent request from Mikale Erickson's mom, Rhonda, NHTSA's Chief Counsel O. Kevin Vincent stated: "we understand that GM counts Mr. Erickson's death in its list of thirteen deaths."

At the time of the accident, GM knew of the faulty ignition, but kept that knowledge locked in the filing cabinets of its legal department and silently stood by, as Candice plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a state felony offense. The guilt of the accident has weighed heavy on Candice for nearly 10 years and the felony she has carried on her record remains a dark shadow at every turn in her life.

Candice Anderson's attorney, Bob Hilliard sent an email to GM's counsel, asking that Mary Barra join him in an effort to obtain a pardon for Ms. Anderson by signing a letter of recommendation. In part the proposed Barra letter states, "We at GM have been aware of the issues involving these vehicles for quite some time. As the CEO of New GM, I feel it is my responsibility to right any wrongs that occurred as a result of these faulty ignition switches." Ms. Barra has not responded nor has she signed the letter.


Though Mary Barra remains silent her attorneys replied to Hilliard. "You should not make any representation that GM has assented or agreed to your request."


"GM's attorneys, many of whom got them in this quicksand in the first place once again throw another victim 'under the Cobalt'. Their response is as predictable as it is disappointing. Even though Ms. Barra has gone out of her way to assure the world generally, and GM victims specifically, that she is intent on doing the right thing, she remains silent. Ms. Barra wants to be known as the CEO of Change. She has stated: 'I realize there are no words of mine that can ease their grief and pain. But as I lead GM through this crisis, I want everyone to know that I am guided by two clear principles: First, that we do the right thing for those who were harmed; and, second, that we accept responsibility for our mistakes and commit to doing everything within our power to prevent this problem from ever happening again.' 'Whatever mistakes were made in the past, we will not shirk from our responsibilities now or in the future. Today's GM will do the right thing, that begins with my sincere apologies to everyone who has been affected by this recall, especially the friends and families who lost their lives or were injured. I am deeply sorry.'

"Well, Ms. Barra, this is your moment.

Not just as a CEO but as a human being. Step up. Show the courage and conviction of your words and at the same time help right this wrong, and lift this terrible cloud from a young woman's life. If you honestly want to do the right thing there is only one clear choice. Are you going to listen to your attorneys or are you going to listen to your conscious? If you remain silent and do not act we all know the truth we feared: GM has not changed and you are not willing to insist that it change. That truth will be just as difficult for you to live with as this wrongful conviction is for Candice to live with."
Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP (HMG) specializes in mass torts, personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation, and wrongful death. Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP has been successfully representing clients in the United States and Mexico since 1986. Bob Hilliard obtained the Largest Verdict in the country in 2012 and the #1 verdict in Texas in 2013.
HMG is actively seeking to represent other victims of GM's defective vehicles.
To arrange an interview with Bob Hilliard, please contact

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While this chart is outdated, doesn't it illustrate the TOYOTA is equally as culpable and no one is asking why?

Recently, this TOYOTA PRIUS injured 3 teenagers, driver claimed BRAKES FAILED!

Recently, a RUN-AWAY TOYOTA SOLARA killed this little cherub. Lily Quintus who was at her Day Care:

Bob Hilliard helped free Koua Fong Lee from prison after his wrongful conviction caused by a RUNAWAY TOYOTA:

A TOYOTA RAV4 slammed into a the video and decide for yourself if this was TOYOTA'S SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION :

Published on May 29, 2014
A day after a Toyota RAV4 crashed through the front of the public library, injuring six, the library director was overseeing the cleanup of the extensive damage.

The saving grace for Allen and the first-responders is no one died in the crash, which happened around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The injured include a 15-year-old girl who got hit and pinned under the vehicle

. Police said she was released from Westchester Medical Center on Wednesday.

The driver, Jean Lycee, 58, has been released from Nyack Hospital, Spring Valley police Lt. Jack Bosworth said. No charges have been filed; detectives are investigating Lycee's claim that mechanical trouble caused the car to speed forward out of control.

"I see what looks like a bomb hit the library," said Finkelstein Memorial Library Director Tracy Allen. "We have glass everywhere. We have a huge pile of wood and computers. It's pretty devastating."

The sport utility vehicle shattered the building's double glass front doors and cut the long circulation desk in half, smashing several desks and computers.

Allen, who became director of the county's largest library some 20 months ago, said there's no timetable for reopening the library, a longtime community center for people living in Spring Valley and the surrounding area.

As cleaning crews worked and the library's entrance remained boarded up, Allen said the repair costs will be determined by the library's insurance adjuster.

Are drivers just playing Russian Roulette with these vehicles?