A Los Angeles County jury has awarded $10 million to the family of an Upland woman whose 2006 Toyota Camry accelerated out of control and crashed, killing her.
But in an unexpected twist, the verdict came entirely against a woman, Olga Belo, who crashed into the Toyota, setting off the accident. Toyota was absolved of any responsibility by the jury.
“To get a $10-million verdict for a 66-year old woman … is a great verdict,” said Garo Mardirossian, attorney for the family of Noriko Uno, who died at the wheel in August 2009. “It was a win, win, win.”
The surprise verdict puts an end to the first major trial against the Japanese automaker over allegations that its vehicles suffered from dangerous unintended acceleration. It marks a victory for the automaker, which has spent years and billions of dollars defending itself and still faces scores of lawsuits over the issue.
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