Okla. Jury To Consider Toyota Acceleration Case

Ponca City Now - October 24, 2013 6:42 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Closing arguments are scheduled in a case in which attorneys allege a defect in the electronics system of a Toyota Camry caused the vehicle to accelerate suddenly, leading to an accident that killed one woman and seriously injured another.

An Oklahoma County jury is expected to begin deliberations in the case on Thursday.

Jean Bookout, then 76, was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry in 2007 when it crashed. She was injured and 70-year-old passenger Barbara Schwarz was killed.

Attorneys for Bookout and for Schwarz’s estate maintain the accident was the result of a flaw in Toyota’s electronic-throttle system.

Attorneys for Toyota dispute the claim.

The company recalled millions of vehicles worldwide after drivers reported some Toyota vehicles were accelerating unexpectedly.


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