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GM acknowledges its defective ignition service after a decade; allows a Texas woman to be exonerated from a homicide charge

It has taken a good ten years, but General Motors has finally made a public acknowledgement of a defect in its ignition system which has caused 35 deaths so far. And the automobile company’s confession has helped a Texas woman overcome her grief at the death of her boyfriend who died in a car crash while she was driving. But it still too bad this company was bailed out and may never pay back the American public the $50 billion it is owed.

Candice Anderson had tears in her eyes when the judge cleared her of all charges in the death of her boyfriend Gene Mikale Erickson. Candice had pleaded guilty to the charge of criminally negligent homicide when the case was first up for trial. Her New York accident attorneys did not know about the defect in the GM cars; which the company had kept secret for a long time, and they say that if this defect was known at the time of trial the outcome would have been much different.

She pleaded guilty to all charges

Ms. Anderson had a history of recreational drug use, and when she inexplicably lost control of her Saturn Ion on that fatal day, all the evidence led towards the assumption that she may have been under the influence when driving. Candice’s own guilt at having survived the accident coupled with the findings of the investigation team, made her plead guilty to the charge and she happily took on the punishment meted out to her. Only, it wasn’t her cross to bear.

GM knew about the defect for years

The defective ignition switch problem that GM had knowledge of but said nothing about for so long can cause a car to lose power suddenly, disable it’s power brakes, power steering, and the airbags as well. GM has gone a decade without reporting this defect even though their internal investigation team found out about the problem at least five months before Ms. Anderson’s trial was due to start. But the company kept the information to themselves even though accident attorneys say it would have helped exonerate Ms. Anderson and helped her overcome the guilt.

GM is not an honorable company and many people believe it should even exist right now.

Hoping for a change

The crash took place on November 15th, 2004. When the investigation placed the blame on Ms. Anderson for the car veering out of control, she entered her guilty plea without a contest. Her parents chose to liquidate their 401 (k) to have the money to pay for her New York accident attorneys. Ms. Anderson had to pay more than $10,000 in fines and restitution and was on probation for five years while she struggled with her own physical and psychological injuries from the accident.

In a telephone interview with the New York Times, Ms. Anderson claimed that the verdict will change a lot of things for her. She hopes to take her new found lease of life and turn things around. GM on the other hand is still shying away from making a solid statement on the Anderson case. The company says that it has taken a neutral position on the case and is waiting for the court’s orders.