Date: Nov. 30, 2009
Location: Unknown; complaint filed from Omaha.
Model: 2008 Toyota Highlander
Details: A woman was killed in a fiery explosion that followed the crash of her 2008 Highlander, according to a complaint filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in late January from Omaha.
"The contact's sister was driving and the vehicle accelerated across the interstate, hit an embankment and then was hit by a truck. The vehicle burned and the driver was killed as a result of the accident. The vehicle was destroyed but there was no investigation into the cause for the accident. The contact called the manufacturer but was not able to get in touch with any representatives," the complaint states.
The Nebraska State Patrol has no record of a fatality involving a Toyota or a female victim on that date, suggesting the reported accident likely occurred in another state.
-- Stuart Pfeifer, Carol J. Williams and Robert Faturechi