Crown Victoria Safety Alert News 2005
Ford Offers Safety Kit for Limo Fuel Tanks
The upgrade, same as that provided to police, comes as the firm faces a wrongful-death suit
By Myron Levin, Times Staff Writer
November 28, 2005
First it was police cruisers. Now it’s stretch limousines. Ford Motor Co. is offering a free safety upgrade to owners of Lincoln Town Car stretch limos: gas tank shields to reduce the risk of fires in high speed, rear-end crashes. The move comes as Ford prepares to defend a wrongful-death case involving a fire that killed three North Carolina sisters in a Town Car stretch limo.
Group Questions Safety of Patrol Vehicles
Nov 26, 2005 6:17 pm US/Central
(CBS 11 News) Some law enforcement officers question their safety after another officer was injured during a fiery accident. According to reports, Deputy Billy Wilson, 28, was stopped at a traffic light on Highway 380 at the intersection of FM720 when his vehicle was struck from behind by a Ford F150 pickup. After the impact, the gas tank of the patrol vehicle ruptured and the car burst into flames, officials said.
Deputy, student hurt in wreck
By CAREN M. PENLAND
SPECIAL TO THE STAR-TELEGRAM
DENTON — A Denton County sheriff’s deputy and a student intern were injured late Friday when their Crown Victoria patrol car was rear-ended and the gas tank exploded into flames, authorities said. The two managed to escape before the fire caused ammunition in the trunk to go off.
A Safety Matter: Family of sisters who died in a fiery wreck is suing Ford Motor Co., saying it should have installed a shield sooner
By James Romoser
Sisters Megan Howell, Tara Howell Parker and Mysti Howell-Poplin died in 2003 when their rented limo was hit in the rear and burned.
Last month, Ford Motor Co. did something that it could have done at least three years ago. It began distributing a basic safety shield that reduces the risk of fire when a Lincoln Town Car limousine is hit from behind.
That shield might have saved the lives of three Mocksville sisters who burned to death on Sept. 10, 2003, on their way home from a rock concert.
Officer killed in wreck was shot in 2003
He miraculously survived two bullets from an AK-47 that left gaping holes in his neck and leg. He endured weeks on a hospital bed and months of rehabilitation to regain the ability to drive, shower, walk. Early Friday, about nine months after he’d finally recovered enough to return to patrolling the West Side, Officer John Wheeler died, trapped in his burning patrol car.
Trooper’s Car Catches Fire; Blocks 405 During Rush Hour
BELLEVUE – Those trying to get home on the Eastside were in for quite the challenge Tuesday afternoon after a crash and ensuing car fire blocked the southbound lanes of I-405 for several minutes. The Washington State Patrol says one of their troopers was rear-ended by a Lincoln Town Car while the trooper was stopped on the shoulder near NE 4th Street in Bellevue around 5 p.m.
Jury hears intense tale of survival from fiery crash
The Kansas City Star Michael Nolte sometimes made jurors cry when he testified for three hours Wednesday about despair, loss and pain he suffered from a fiery interstate crash involving a trooper’s car. He recounted a near-death experience floating above his body and told of guilt felt because he lived two years ago, while Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Newton died. Lawyers for two defendant companies in the civil lawsuit did not ask Nolte any questions under cross-examination.
SOURCE: KansasCity.com (must register to access)
Trial opens in crash that killed Missouri trooper
Safety of police cruiser at issue When a truck crashed into the rear of Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Michael NewtonÕs police cruiser two years ago, a shower of gasoline ignited. The ensuing fireball killed Newton and badly burned Michael Nolte, the owner of a Leawood bridal shop. In a trial that opened Wednesday, Jackson County jurors must decide who was at fault.
SOURCE: Kansas City Star (must register to access)
Couple Burned When Ford Limousine Struck While In Motion
FLORIDA — Diane Huseman was severely burned and her husband, Roger, was injured when the 2003 Lincoln Town Car limousine in which they were passengers was struck from behind and erupted in flames. Both vehicles were traveling west on SR 93 in Florida when the incident occurred on May 1, 2005, in Naples, FL. Diane was burned over 40% of her body and spent four months undergoing hospital treatment.
Lincoln and CVPI have same fire risks
Ford Slapped with $43.7 million verdict In Lincoln Town Car Fire Deaths
Madison County, IL—The foreman of a Illinois jury says the panel faulted Ford Motor Co. while reaching a $43.7 million damage verdict in a car crash death case involving a Lincoln Town Car. The Town Car, the Grand Marquis and the Crown Victoria are manufactured on the same platform, making them virtually identical.
The county jury in Fredericktown announced the award Wednesday to the family of John Jablonski. Ford will appeal the verdict.
The 73-year-old man was killed after another car rear-ended his 1993 Lincoln Town Car on Interstate 270 near Granite City in July 2003. Jablonski’s wife was severely burned in the fiery crash, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Jury foreman Ed Friedel, 44, said the panel felt the automaker should have issued blanket safety advisories on its vehicles.
“The kicker for me and the other jurors was that the same design of gas tanks in that Town Car had caused fatal fires in police cars. Ford warned the police. They should have warned civilians,” he said.
The woman whose car struck the Jablonski vehicle said she was searching for her sunglasses before the collision.
“This was a tragic accident caused by a negligent driver, searching for her sunglasses and plowing into a stationary Town Car at 65 mph,” Ford attorney Doug Lampe said.
Jury that awarded $43 million found fault with car company, foreman says
By Paul Hampel Of the Post-Dispatch
A Madison County jury that awarded $43.7 million to the family of a Warrenton man who died in a fiery car crash felt that Ford Motor Co. should have issued blanket safety advisories on its vehicles, not just to police agencies, the jury foreman said Wednesday. John Jablonski, 73, was killed and his wife, Dora Jablonski, then 70, was severely burned after another car rear-ended their 1993 Lincoln Town Car on Interstate 270 near Illinois Route 203 near Granite City in July 2003. Their car was stopped in a construction zone when it was struck.
Jury Awards $43.7 Million to Family of Man Killed in Lincoln Town Car Crash
A jury awarded more than $43.7 million to the family of a 74-year-old man who died when his Lincoln Town Car caught fire after it was struck from behind. The July 2003 accident also severely burned John Jablonski’s wife, Dora, 72. The family of the Florissant, Mo., couple sued Ford Motor Co., the manufacturer of the couple’s 1993 Lincoln Town Car, alleging the location of the car’s fuel tank behind the rear axle caused the fire.
Jury returns $43 million verdict against Ford
By Paul Hampel Of the Post-Dispatch
A jury in Madison County Circuit Court returned a verdict of more than $43 million against Ford Motor Co. Tuesday night in a wrongful death case filed on behalf of a man from Warrenton who died in a fiery car crash and his wife, who survived the wreck with serious burns.
Illinois police drop Ford class action
Departments want Crown Victorias
Police departments across Illinois that joined a class action against Ford Motor Co. claiming the company’s Crown Victoria Interceptors were unsafe are now dropping out of the suit after the automaker told them that was the only way it would keep selling them the cars.