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Toyota Death Lawsuit

Toyota Motor Co.'s 2010 Prius hybrid vehicles wait for shipment at Tahara pier, near Toyota, central Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. Toyota says it is recalling about 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix brake problems - the latest in a string of embarrassing safety lapses at the world's largest automaker. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Toyota Motor Co.'s 2010 Prius hybrid vehicles wait for shipment at Tahara pier, near Toyota, central Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. Toyota says it is recalling about 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix brake problems - the latest in a string of embarrassing safety lapses at the world's largest automaker. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Nebraska widow has sued Toyota in federal court in Los Angeles seeking compensation for the death of her husband on grounds he was killed when their Prius suddenly accelerated and crashed.

Jacquelyn Donoghue of Holdrege, Neb., filed the complaint Friday. The automaker's North American headquarters is located in Torrance, an LA suburb.

Donoghue, a 67-year-old nurse, claims her 2006 Toyota Prius went out of control in December and slammed into another vehicle.

Her husband, John Donoghue, was killed and she was injured.

Her attorney says the car was not equipped with a brake-to-idle override safety feature that allows drivers to override the electronic throttle, which played a direct role in the death.

Toyota did not immediately return a call for comment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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