On November 15, 2004, Candice Anderson lost her boyfriend in a car crash caused by a defective ignition switch in her General Motors- (GM-) made Saturn Ion, but it would be years until the 21-year-old would know the cause of the tragic accident.
For a decade, Anderson wrestled with guilt over the loss of her boyfriend, Gene Mikale Erickson, believing she had caused his death. She was behind the wheel when the vehicle suddenly lost control and crashed into a tree. Anderson suffered severe injuries, including a lacerated liver, but her physical injuries seemed the least of her problems. She was charged with criminally negligent homicide, which she pleaded guilty to in October 2007. Anderson’s parents liquidated their 401(k) to pay for a lawyer for their daughter. Though Anderson managed to avoid jail, she spent five years on probation, paid more than $10,000 in fines and restitution and struggled to find work, according to The New York Times (Times). More After a Decade of Guilt, a Woman is Cleared in the Death of her Boyfriend and General Motors Admits Guilt