Family of CHP officer killed in sudden acceleration crash files lawsuit

Legal news for California product liability attorneys. Toyota faces lawsuit for the deaths of four people killed in violent wreck.

Product liability alert- Family of California Highway Patrol officer that died in a sudden acceleration crash filed a lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corporation.

San Diego, CA—The family of the California Highway Patrol officer, who was involved in the violent and fatal accident that sparked Toyota’s massive recalls for sudden acceleration issues, has filed a lawsuit. The suit, which was filed on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 in the San Diego Superior Court, names Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., and the car dealership, as reported by SignOnSanDiego.com.

California Highway Patrol officer, Mark Saylor, 45, his wife, Cleofe, 45, their daughter Mahala, 13, and Cleofe’s brother Chris Lastrella, 39, were all tragically killed on August 28, when the Lexus that CHP officer was driving suddenly and unexpectedly shot down Route 125. Saylor, who is an experienced driver, lost control of the Lexus ES350, which was a loaner car for the day from Bob Baker Lexus in El Cajon, while his car was receiving service. The Lexus reached speeds of 120 mph, when the car slammed into a sport utility vehicle, catapulted off an embankment, rolled several times and burst into flames at the highway intersection of Mission Gorge Road in Santee.

The lawsuit filed by Saylor’s father, john Saylor; his mother, Joan Robbins; Fe and Cleto Lastrella, the parents of Saylor’s wife; and his brother-in-law Christopher, has charged Toyota with product liability and negligence against Bob Baker Lexus. The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California product liability lawyers.

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