Date: March 2, 1992

Victim: Stanley Sirnik

Location: West Virginia

Model: 1992 Toyota 4Runner

Details: When his sport utility vehicle suddenly began to accelerate on a winding road -- his brakes ineffective and his cruise control locked -- Stanley Sirnik drove up an embankment to avoid an approaching cliff, according to a complaint filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 1992 4Runner, which is not included in any recent Toyota recalls, flipped and Sirnik was killed instantly, according to the complaint, which was filed by Sirnik's wife.

Sirnik had been traveling about 40 mph before the unintended acceleration, according to the complaint. Sirnik's brother, a passenger in the vehicle, was badly injured, the complaint said.

-- Stuart Pfeifer, Carol J. Williams and Robert Faturechi Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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