Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against GM in Lauderdale County

A photo of the 18-wheeler from the scene of the accident. Courtesy Photo: Lexington Police Department

A photo of the 18-wheeler from the scene of the accident. Courtesy Photo: Lexington Police Department

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A lawsuit naming General Motors claims a faulty ignition switch caused the death of a 32-year-old Lauderdale County woman.

Aubrey Wallace Williams had just dropped her two kids off at school when police say her car darted into the path of an 18-wheeler on Dec. 4, 2013.

A national recall of the Chevrolet Cobalt prompted authorities in Lauderdale County to re-open the investigation into a fatal wreck that claimed Williams’ life earlier this month.

General Motors has issued a recall for more than 1.4 million cars in North America. The issue cited in the recall has been linked to at least 12 deaths, according to GM.

The issue behind the recall involves ignition switches that can be bumped out of the “Run” position into the “Off” or “Accessory” position. That can cause power braking and steering, as well as airbags, to stop working.

The suit names General Motors, DELPHI Automotive Systems, Long-Lewis Ford of the Shoals, and Champion Chevrolet, among others, as those that manufactured, designed, or supplied the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt.

The suit is requesting punitive damages against those named in the suit.

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