Toyota to provide “black box” data from fatal Bellingham car accident

On October 26, 2007, Chris Eves, 29, ran head-on into a tree north of Bellingham in his almost brand-new Toyota Tundra truck. Eves was killed in that motor vehicle accident. In the police file regarding the accident, someone wrote, “It remains unknown why the collision occurred.”

According to a report written by Tracy Vedder & KOMO news staff, the Washington State Patrol hypothesized that driver fatigue and Eves’ blood alcohol limit, which was at .08%, contributed to Eves falling asleep at the wheel.

Apparently, Toyota has an event data recorder (EDR) installed on their cars, much like the black box data recorders on airplanes. Up to this point, Toyota had not released the information from the EDR to Eves’ family. On Tuesday, Washington state senator Maria Cantwell announced that she has gotten a commitment from Toyota to turn over the EDR data.

Eves’ family is hoping that the EDR data will provide the information they need as to what caused the accident. Eves’ Toyota was one of those on recall lists for problems with driver-side floor mat and accelerator pedal problems. The EDR data should provide information as to what pressure was on the gas pedal and whether Eves had applied pressure to the brake.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating complaints that there have been at least 34 fatalities due to Toyota vehicles that allegedly accelerated out of control.

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