DRIVER ERROR! DRIVER ERROR! DRIVER ERROR! DRIVER ERROR! DRIVER ERROR!
Most of the SHEEP will believe you.....
Owners of TOYOTA vehicles have stepped forward to share their HORROR STORIES ABOUT THEIR TOYOTA'S SUDDEN ACCELERATION!
Is TOYOTA even listening?
- Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
- Updated: January 9, 2015 - 4:01 PM
Two witnesses testify that their Toyotas also accelerated; Toyota says cases are different.
Two drivers testified Friday afternoon about their experiences with “substantially similar unintended acceleration” as the Toyota trial entered is second day of testimony in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
The first, a retired Providence College official, said that his 1996 Toyota Camry accelerated repeatedly in 2006 while driving in Boston. A Sun Country pilot describe three incidents where his 1996 Camry accelerated unexpectedly.
Victims and survivors of a 2006 crash in St. Paul have sued Toyota, claiming that an engineering defect caused the deaths of three people. The driver of the 1996 Toyota Camry was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide and imprisoned before the Ramsey County attorney dismissed his case.
The suit claims the brakes failed and the car accelerated, crashing into the rear of the victims’ car at the top of the Snelling Avenue exit on eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul.
Toyota says driver error caused the June 10, 2006 crash.
On Friday morning, a 21-year-old woman wept Friday as she told jurors how she awoke from a nap in the back seat of a car to find see the carnage of a crash that left her father and brother dead and her badly injured cousin in a coma.
Jassmine Adams, who was 12 at the time, testified in the trial in which Toyota is being sued over allegations that its 1996 Toyota Camry had an engineering defect that caused it to accelerate without warning.
Adams said she turned to her brother, who was also in the back seat. “I tried to wake him up,” she said. “He wouldn’t respond.”
Her father was in the front seat crushed behind the steering wheel.
“Daddy, come on, get up,” she said she called to him.
Her cousin Devyn Bolton, 6, had a bloodied head, and Jassmine was pinned inside the 1995 Oldsmobile Ciera.
Someone looked in the window and saw her. “Am I going to die?” she asked him, crying and trembling as she retold the story. He said no.
The lawsuit brings together plaintiffs who at one point were at legal odds: Adams’ family and Koua
Fong Lee, 37, of St. Paul, the driver of the car that struck the Ciera.
Killed in the crash were Javis Trice-Adams, 33, and his 9-year-old son, Javis Adams Jr. Trice-Adams’ niece Devyn Bolton, 7, was paralyzed and died 16 months later. Jassmine Adams sustained multiple fractures.
Lee went to prison for 2½ years, convicted of criminal vehicular operation. He was freed and charges dropped by the Ramsey County attorney’s office in 2010 after evidence was presented by Lee’s lawyers that some Toyotas inexplicably accelerate, and Lee was not at fault.
The trial may last four weeks.
The first witness Thursday was Koua Fong Lee, of St. Paul, who described how his brakes failed, causing him to sideswipe one car on the exit ramp and slam into the Ciera.
During his opening arguments, Toyota attorney Bard Borkon said that the Camry’s brakes were working in tests after the accident. He said Lee hit the accelerator instead of the brake when he saw the cars lined up on the exit ramp.
U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery instructed the jury of eight men and six women not to consider Lee’s conviction or incarceration in weighing the issues in the case, nor should they consider the 2010 decision by the Ramsey County attorney to drop charges, setting Lee free. Jurors also are not to consider Toyota’s various recalls in connection with sudden acceleration of vehicles, Montgomery said.
In 2011, Judge Montgomery said Lee could not seek damages for his incarceration. She ruled other factors beyond Toyota led to his conviction, including “many independent actions” and decisions by the Ramsey County attorney, Lee’s criminal defense attorney, the jury and the sentencing judge.
JUST MY OPINION...AT THE MOMENT!