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Okla. jury deciding whether death, injury resulted from electronics defect in Toyota vehicle
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:40 PM EDT
An Oklahoma County jury is considering whether an alleged defect in a Toyota Camry's electronics system caused the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly, leading to an accident that killed one woman and seriously injured another.
Jean Bookout, then 76, was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry when it crashed in 2007 near Eufaula . She was injured and 70-year-old passenger Barbara Schwarz was killed.
The plaintiffs' attorneys contend Toyota knew about problems with its electronic throttle-control system, but concealed those from the public.
Toyota's attorney says there is no evidence the crash was related to a software defect, and that Bookoout's accident likely resulted from driver error.