Texas Woman Pinned For Fiancé’s Death In Car Crash Learns GM Defect Was To Blame
For 10 years Candice Anderson has been living with the guilt that she may have killed her fiancé in a deadly car crash for which she was blamed. Now she's learning that General Motors was actually the one at fault.
GM is set to release a report on Thursday with details of an external investigation into GM’s extensive decade-long delay to recall 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches that have been directly connected to at least 13 deaths. One of those cars was a 2004 Saturn Ion that Candice Anderson was driving in Canton, Texas, when it sped off the road in the middle of the day, killing her fiancé, Mikale Erikson.
Erikson, the father of two children, was thrown through the windshield of the Saturn Ion in the November 2004 fatal car crash. Anderson, who incurred extensive injuries herself, was blamed for the crash when a trace of anti-anxiety medication was found in her system. She was charged with manslaughter and pled guilty to criminal negligent homicide, receiving five years of probation and a lifetime of remorse and uncertainty wondering whether she really was at fault. Life in a small town, she says, has not made things any easier.
“It’s been a question if I was at fault for his death, and I’ve carried it for so long,” Anderson told CBS News.
Every part of my life’s been affected from it. We live in a small town. When something like this happens, everyone knows. So every part of my life has been affected.”
Anderson received the liberating news that the crash was caused by the faulty ignition switch in late May when her late fiancé's mother, Rhonda Erikson, contacted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She received a letter confirming the findings. Now, she says, she deserves to hear from GM, and Anderson should have her name cleared.
“I think they owe me an apology,” Erikson told CBS News.
They can't give me my son back. But, I mean, they could at least give me an apology.”
Both women are hoping to learn more from GM's pending report and get closure on the tragic situation that's haunted them for the last 10 years.