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Inspectors to Examine Toyota Crash

Federal inspectors say they're examining a crash in which a Toyota unexpectedly accelerated, killing four people in New Hampshire last year.

A team from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is to examine the Highlander next month in Billerica, Mass., where it has been stored since the Oct. 12 crash, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

Local investigators were unable to pinpoint the cause of the crash, which witnesses said occurred after the Highlander had been driving at normal speeds and then accelerated hitting a Chevy Malibu head-on near Jaffrey, N.H.

Killed were the Highlander's driver, Harvard Professor Stephen Lagakos of Wellesley, Mass.; his wife Regina; and his mother, Helen. Also killed was the driver of the Malibu, Stephen Krause of Keene, N.H.

Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles to fix a defect that makes gas pedals jam. The company this month agreed to a $16.4 million federal fine for failing to tell regulators of the pedal defect for nearly four months.


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