A federal jury on Tuesday decided that Toyota Motor Co. was partly to blame for a 2006 car crash that killed three people and left two seriously injured, and resulted in a wrongful conviction.
The jury awarded the victims and their family members $11 million after concluding that Toyota was 60 percent to blame for the accident. The case revolved around Koua Fong Lee, who in 2006 was driving his 1996 Toyota Camry when it accelerated wildly into traffic and crashed into another vehicle, killing the driver of the other vehicle, Javis Trice-Adams Sr., and his 9-year-old son, Javis Adams Jr. His 6-year-old niece, Devyn Bolton, was paralyzed and died in October 2007. His daughter, Jasmine Adams, then 12, was seriously injured, as was his father, Quincy Ray Adams. Those two and Devyn Bolton’s mother, Bridgette Trice, were the other plaintiffs in the case, along with Lee and four of his family members who were in his car at the time of the crash, according to the Associated Press (AP). More Jury Rules Toyota Motor Co. was 60 Percent Responsible for Fatal Camry Crash