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Woman Trapped in Car For Days After Wreck Sues General Motors

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Stephanie Samedi2 years ago

A single mother of four spent six days trapped inside of her car after getting into an accident down a mountainside. She is suing General Motors, saying that the safety features in her car failed.

About the Horrific Incident

According to Reuters, Kristin Hopkins, a 45-year-old mother of four, had both of her legs amputated after losing control while driving and rolled down a mountainside. She spent six days alone, trapped in her car before she was discovered.

She filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming that the automaker knew that their “crash avoidance system” was defective.

The vehicle, a 2009 Chevy Malibu, rolled 300 feet down the Colorado mountainside before coming to rest. The incident occurred near Red Hill Pass, roughly 65 miles southwest of Denver.

National Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 32,719 people were killed in traffic accident in the United States in 2013 – a slight decrease from the 33,781 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • Of those killed in 2013:
  • An additional 2,046,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013.


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