Jury finds Toyota liable in fatal acceleration crash
APOKLAHOMA CITY--Toyota Motor Corp. is liable for a 2007 crash that left one woman dead and another seriously injured after a Camry suddenly accelerated, a jury decided Thursday.
October 26, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The jury awarded US$1.5 million in monetary damages to Jean Bookout, the driver of the car who was injured in the crash, and US$1.5 million to the family of Barbara Schwarz, 70, who died.
It also decided Toyota acted with “reckless disregard” for the rights of others, a determination that sets up a second phase of the trial on punitive damages that is scheduled to begin Friday. After the verdict, District Judge Patricia Parrish ordered attorneys on both sides not to discuss the case publicly until after the punitive stage.
“Per the court's instructions, we cannot comment on the ruling pending the ongoing deliberations by the jury,” Toyota said in a statement.