Product Liability

Teens who lost legs in crash settle lawsuit against Isuzu

A night at a high school dance ended in tragedy for two Berthoud, Colorado teens. Tyler Carron and Nikko Landeros were on their way home from a dance on January 15, 2007, when the 17-year-olds noticed a flat tire on Carron’s 1999 Isuzu Trooper.

The boys stepped out of the SUV and walked to the back of the vehicle to fix the tire when a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by Michelle Berra came speeding up behind them. Berra slammed into the back of the Isuzu and hit the boys. The impact severed the legs of both teens, leaving them permanently disabled.

This week, the Times Call/Loveland Reporter-Herald reported that Carron, Nikko and their families settled a lawsuit against Isuzu Motors America. The suit alleged the design of the SUV’s rear hatch doors contributed to the accident because they swung open on both sides of the car, making it difficult for someone behind the vehicle to see its rear tail lights and emergency lights.

The terms of the lawsuit, which took nearly a year to resolve and involved several court filings, were not disclosed. However a spokesman for Isuzu Motors America said both parties were satisfied with the settlement.

Berra pleaded guilty to careless driving and received a year unsupervised probation, which has since been wiped clean after she successfully completed the probation.