Toyota settles lawsuit over San Diego crash that killed a family of four

2007 Lexus ES

Toyota has confirmed that it settled a lawsuit with the relatives of four family members killed in a high-speed crash on a San Diego freeway. The case was one of the main reasons to bring attention around safety flaws of Toyotas that led to the recalls of millions of cars.

The news, which was first reported by the Los Angeles Times Friday night, said that Toyota expects to file motions with the judge disclosing the settlement Monday. The company did not specify the settlement’s terms.

California Highway Patrol officer Mark Saylor, 45, was killed along with his wife, Cleofe, 45, daughter Mahala, 13, and Cleofe’s brother Chris Lastrella, 39. They crashed their Lexus ES after hitting a speed of more than 120 mph.

“Through mutual respect and cooperation, Toyota and the Saylor and Lastrella families reached an amicable agreement in mediation that fully resolves these claims without the need for litigation,” Toyota said in a statement. “We felt that was important for Toyota, the dealer and the families. Toyota is not, however, in a position to address the additional claims the families have against the dealership that are independent of Toyota.”

– By: Omar Rana