Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay $10 million to the family of four people killed in a runaway Lexus crash, which prompted the recall of millions of vehicles. The amount was released by California attorney Larry Willis, who represents the dealership which supplied the car in question.
Toyota was disappointed to learn that the amount had been disclosed. “As is common in these cases, these parties agreed to keep the amount confidential, in part to protect the families from unwanted solicitations and to allow them to move on from this difficult period,” the automaker said.
The August 2009 crash which lead to the deaths of CHP Officer Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law. The car reached speeds of 120 mph before striking an SUV, launching off of an embankment, and rolling several times before bursting into flames.
Both sides had made motions to keep the settlement sealed, but Superior Court Judge Anthony Mohr said the publics right to the details outweighed arguments by both sides.
– By: Stephen Calogera