The details of a settlement reached between Toyota Motor Corp. and the family of four Lexus passengers killed in a 2009 crash will remain confidential, according to local news. The judge who ruled that the information was not to be released chose to do so to protect the family from harassment over the case or the settlement amount they received.
The case centered on a crash on Route 125 that killed a California Highway Patrol officer along with his wife, his wife’s brother, and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter. The fatal Santee car crash was caused by a stuck accelerator in the rented Lexus they were riding in. According to Toyota, the Lexus had not had its floor mats changed, and the old floor mat caused the accelerator to stick.