Accident AttorneysCorpus Christi, TX- A Texas woman accused of causing a fatal accident that killed her boyfriend has been cleared of charges after General Motors admitted the airbag in her Saturn didn’t deploy because of a faulty ignition switch.
In 2004, Candice Anderson was driving her Saturn Ion along a rural road in East Texas when she lost control and slammed into a band of trees. She stuck the trees head-on and neither driver’s side nor passenger side airbags deployed. Anderson’s boyfriend Gene Mikale Erickson was killed, and she suffered serious injuries, according to USA Today.
After the accident, Anderson, then 21, pleaded to negligent homicide and served 260 days of community service, five years of probation, went to counseling and paid a $2,500 fine.
Anderson says that the ramifications of her conviction prevented her from becoming a certified nurse’s aide, the career she chose for herself.
“I applied and was denied positions at numerous jobs due to my criminal record. … This has not been an easy road,” Anderson said.
On Monday, a Texas judge overturned Anderson’s negligent homicide charged and cleared her criminal record. Judge Teresa Drum dismissed Anderson’s conviction after a Richard Godfrey, an attorney for General Motors, admitted in a letter that the air bags failed to deploy because of a faulty ignition switch in Saturn.
Anderson’s attorney Robert Hilliard was happy his client was cleared but had harsh criticism of General Motors, who h said sat back and watched while his client was convicted of an accident she didn’t cause, USA Today reported.
In June, General Motors announced they would create a fund to compensation victims of accidents caused by faulty ignition switches. Because she was wrongfully convicted for the accidental death of her boyfriend, GM said she would qualify for compensation from the fund.
As for Anderson, she says she would accept a settlement.
Since GM announced the recall in April of this year, the death toll associated with the faulty ignition switches has been steadily climbing. The initial death was believed to be 12, but now there are 35 deaths tied to the faulty ignition switches.
GM knew of the problem with their vehicles for years, but did nothing. As a consequences dozens have died and hundreds have suffered serious injuries. In some cases, as with Anderson, people have been wrongfully charged for accidents that weren’t there fault. When a death or serious injury can be tied to an automaker’s negligence or other motorist’s negligence, a Corpus Christi accident attorney will stand by the victim and fight tooth and nail to get them the compensation they deserve.
A car accident can dramatically change a person’s life. It’s only normal for an accident victim to be worried about how they are going to pay their medical bills and everyday living expenses. Accident victims need peace of mind. When they have the representation of a Texas accident attorney, accident victims can be confident that someone is fighting for their best interests.

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