ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled a lawsuit against Toyota for a deadly crash that killed two beloved Albuquerque Public Schools teachers can move forward.
It’s just one of thousands of lawsuits against the company for its stuck accelerator problem. The family of a retired teacher Alice Brice says her 2002 Toyota Camry suddenly accelerated on the highway near Vaughn in 2006 forcing her car into a semi-truck causing it to burst into flames.
Brice and her friend, Joyce Briscoe, also a retired APS teacher were killed.
Toyota fought the lawsuit saying it was filed nearly a year after the statute of limitations had expired. But Brice’s attorneys argue Toyota hid the accelerator problems until 2010 so there was no way of meeting that deadline.
The Supreme Court has ordered the case back to the district court level to be heard.
There were 32,000 sudden accelerator complaints filed against Toyota and they paid a billion dollar fine, but there are still lawsuits pending across the country.