Date: Dec. 18, 2009

Victim: Trina Renee Harris

Location: Houston

Model: 2009 Toyota Corolla

Details: A week before Christmas, 34-year-old Trina Renee Harris ran out to pick up something at the store while her two teenage daughters stayed home. Her husband, Michael, a Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, was away on duty aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego after returning from a Persian Gulf deployment.

As Harris approached a T-intersection at the end of Berry Road in suburban Houston, her 2009 Corolla suddenly accelerated, sped through the intersection with the Hardy Toll Road frontage road and crashed into a cement embankment, her family alleges in a lawsuit. Harris was killed on impact.

Michael Harris got word aboard ship and raced home to tend to his shattered family.

"They brought him home immediately to take care of their two young daughters -- they're 13 and 14," attorney Kenneth P. Mingledorff said of the Harrises' children, Rhazhane Michae and Teona Renee.

Michael Harris filed a lawsuit Feb. 1 seeking $200 million in compensation and punitive damages for the loss of his young wife, a death the lawsuit alleges was caused by an "unconscionably" defective product.

-- Stuart Pfeifer, Carol J. Williams and Robert Faturechi Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
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