Conviction reversed in manslaughter case after GM ignition switch deemed faulty
09/03/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)
Pittsburgh – A Pennsylvania judge has reversed an involuntary manslaughter conviction of a woman after an ignition switch problem was determined to be a contributing factor to a fatal crash that she was charged as a result of. The Associated Press reported that the woman, LaKisha Ward-Green, 25, pleaded guilty in 2012 to reckless driving in addition to manslaughter.
Ward-Green’s conviction was appealed after she served three months of her jail sentence, with her lawyers citing the faulty General Motors ignition switch issue. Police had previously determined that Ward-Green was traveling at 75 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone when the accident occurred in 2010. Robert Chambers IV, 16, was killed in the crash.
Ward-Green’s attorney, Bob Hilliard, argued “I'm aggravated with GM because had they issued the recall when they were supposed, her criminal defense lawyer would have known about it, and he likely wouldn't have advised her to plead guilty.”
GM recalled 2.7 million small vehicles like the 2007 Chevy Cobalt Ward-Green was driving due to an issue with the ignition switch being prone to unexpectedly turn off last year.