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Toyota Facing Lawsuit Over Fatal Crash

A lawyer alleges in a lawsuit filed in Dallas that a defect in a Toyota car caused an accident that claimed the lives of four people in Southlake, Texas.

Attorney Todd Tracy filed the lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. for the family of Sharon Ransom, one of the four victims of the Southlake crash Dec. 26, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram said Thursday.

Tracy alleges in the suit a defect in the 2008 Toyota Avalon in which Ransom was a passenger caused the vehicle to suddenly accelerate ahead of the accident.

Authorities said the vehicle, which was being driven by Monty Hardy, 56, crashed through a fence and became airborne after striking a tree.

Ransom and Hardy died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash, as were passengers Hadassah Vance, 35, and Wendy Akin, 38.

The Star-Telegram said at least three lawsuits involving fatal crashes have been filed recently in Texas against Toyota.

Toyota offered no comment regarding the lawsuit filed by Tracy.

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