Report: Toyota Settles Lawsuit Over Fatal Santee Crash
4 Members Of Saylor Family Killed In Crash; Technical Problems Blamed For Incident
12:24 AM, Sep 18, 2010
Automaker Toyota has settled a high-profile lawsuit over a car crash that killed a local California Highway Patrol officer and three of his family members in August 2009.According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Toyota quietly settled its lawsuit with the family of CHP officer Mark Saylor. An attorney for Bob Baker Lexus, the dealership which loaned the family the Lexus in the crash, said the dealership was left out of the settlement with Toyota.Toyota declined to provide details of the lawsuit, which the company is trying to keep confidential.However, a source close to the case said the Saylor family was asking for $10 million in the suit.Saylor, his wife Cleofe, daughter Mahala and Saylor's brother-in-law Christopher Lastrella died in the crash that happened off State Route 125 and Mission Gorge Road in Santee.An investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department pointed to a faulty floor mat in the loaner Lexus being driven by Saylor as the cause of the crash. The fatal crash led to nationwide recalls of millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles.