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Settlement accepted in lawsuit tied to deadly, 2008 crash of 77-year-old Flint woman

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/25/14) - Seventy-seven-year-old Guadalupe Alberto died in a crash, driving a Toyota Camry, six years ago - almost to the day.

Her family feared something electrical in the car caused the sudden acceleration.

A lawsuit went on for years, but finally ended in Friday.

A confidential settlement was accepted. Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Archie Hayman signed off on it.

Lilia Alberto, the representative of her mother's estate, told Hayman the settlement would be split among the three living siblings and two children of a brother who is deceased. Lilia's father has since died.

The family has said their loved one's car was not a part of any recall, but they absolutely believe there was something defective.

They had filed a product liability and wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota and the manufacturer of an electrical part in that car.

Alberto was driving herself to the store, in April of 2008, when her 2005 Toyota Camry went out of control and topped out at nearly 80 miles per hour, on a city street, before crashing into a tree.

The settlement bars the Alberto family from future lawsuits against Toyota or the manufactured also named.

Attorneys and the Alberto family declined comment after the brief hearing.

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