Toyota is not responsible for a vehicle crash on Highway 88 in 2004 that left a Lodi woman unable to walk, according to a recent jury ruling.
Christina Mendez, who has been in a wheelchair since a head-on collision on Dec. 8, 2004, and her husband, Rafael Mendez, had filed a suit against the automaker claiming the vehicle she was in wasn't up to its normal safety standards.
The couple's attorneys argued Christina Mendez would not have experienced life-altering injuries the day of the crash if Toyota had built its 1998 Corolla to the same safety standards as it had in previous years.
The carmaker contended that the driver who hit the couple — a man high on methamphetamine who fell asleep after a prolonged gambling binge — was to blame.
Christina Mendez was injured while her mother drove her from their Lodi home to her work at Jackson Rancheria Casino. Her mother did not sustain serious injuries in the head-on collision.
The jury made its ruling Friday.
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