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Woman Convicted For Crash That Killed Fiancé Finds Out GM Defect Was Responsible

| by Will Hagle

General Motors recently announced the recall of an additional 3.16 million vehicles in order to fix ignition-switch issues found to have affected several of its cars. The company began recalling vehicles for the problem earlier this year, after it discovered the issue was responsible for at least 54 crashes and 13 deaths. According to ABC News, GM has now recalled almost 20 million cars throughout the world this year. 

As a result of the recall, a woman, who had been considered a convicted felon for causing the 2004 car crash that killed her fiancé, has since learned that the accident is considered one of the 13 deaths blamed on the faulty ignition switches. 

According to Righting Injustice, the woman, Candice Anderson, lost control of her Saturn Ion while driving in Canton, Texas. She crashed the car, which led to the death of her fiancé Mikale Erickson. 

Anderson was initially charged with manslaughter. She pled guilty to criminal negligent homicide and faced five years probation as well as the status of a convicted felon. According to CBS News, however, no skid marks or obvious causes of the crash were found in the police investigation that followed. Also, the airbags in the vehicle did not deploy, and both passengers were thrown through the car’s front windshield.

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Ten years after the accident that drastically changed Anderson’s life, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed to Erickson’s mother, Rhonda Erickson, that her son’s death was a result of GM’s defective ignition switches. The defective switches were known to suddenly cut the power to the engine, power steering, anti-lock brakes and airbags. 

Although Anderson’s criminal record is expected to be cleared as a result of this confirmation, Rhonda Erickson is hoping that GM will respond to her personally in order to address the issue.

“I think they owe me an apology. They can’t give me my son back, but they could at least give me an apology,” said Rhonda Erickson.

Sources: ABC News, Righting Injustice, CBS News