Jury Soon to Decide Bellwether Case Against Toyota
Uno’s survivors, however, have centered on the lack of a brake override safety system that would have automatically put the engine into idle, possibly saving her life. Mardirossian seeks $20 million in damages.
He emphasized to jurors that photos taken soon after the accident showed that the emergency brake in Uno’s car had been depressed. He criticized Toyota’s experts, claiming they were paid $1.5 million for their testimony, and tried to deflect an allegation that Uno, who was diabetic, was responsible for the crash.
"She never had an episode of hypoglycemia in her life, and yet they want to blame her," Mardirossian said.
After hearing two months of testimony, a jury now will decides who is responsible for the 2009 accident and, ultimately, Uno’s death.
Galvin told the jury that the crash caused so much damage that Uno's foot got stuck under the pedal upon impact, not half a mile up the road. He also defended the vehicle's brakes, which he claims Uno didn't use.
"There's no claim that this brake system is defective at all," he said. "If she had used the brakes, the vehicle would have stopped."
The case also involves claims against Olga Bello, 86, whose 2003 Lexus struck Uno’s vehicle minutes before it began racing down a residential road in Upland, Calif.