Posted Jul 17, 2014 05:45 pm CDT
A former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman he helped convict in a fatal crash that is now linked to a massive recall by General Motors over ignition-switch issues.
Candice Anderson’s fiance died and she was severely injured when her 2004 Saturn Ion suddenly went off the road nearly a decade ago and hit a tree, the Associated Press reports. Criminally charged due to a lack of skid marks, she pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and was sentenced to probation and community service.
“It is my opinion that no action or omission of Ms. Anderson was the cause of the accident that led to her criminal charges,” former Van Zandt County district attorney Leslie Poynter Dixon wrote in a letter last week to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. “Had I known at the time that GM knew of these issues and has since admitted to such, I do not believe the grand jury would have indicted her.”
ABAJournal.com: “Woman sues GM over criminal conviction resulting from car crash”