Officials say a mechanic caused the death of an 83-year-old Vermont woman when the car she was in, which he had inspected, crashed because of brake failure. The woman and her husband were riding in their 1992 Chevy Corsica when the husband applied the brakes to avoid hitting a turning vehicle in front of them. He claims there was a “pop” and then the brakes would not work. When he swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle, the Corsica jumped a curb, plunged down an embankment, crossed a street and slammed into some tree stumps. The driver suffered minor injuries; his wife was pronounced dead at the hospital.
An investigation showed the brake lines and rocker panels were rusted, corroded, and in a visibly unsafe condition. The panels are meant to provide structural integrity for the car. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the defects should have been discovered two months earlier during a state safety inspection by the mechanic. The mechanic has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.
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