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General Motors - THOMAS L. SELF et al., Plaintiffs and...

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THOMAS L. SELF et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, Defendant and Appellant; VERNE PRIOR, Defendant and Respondent. GEORGE WILLIAM MOORE et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, Defendant and Appellant Civ. No. 41247. Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 2, California. September 24, 1974 Facts At 11 p.m. on 10 April 1968, Verne Prior, driving on U.S. 101 under the influence of alcohol and drugs at a speed of 65 to 85 miles an hour, crashed his 1963 Chrysler into the left rear of a 1962 Chevrolet station wagon stopped on the shoulder of the freeway for a flat tire. In the crash the Chevrolet station wagon was knocked into a gully, its fuel tank ruptured, and the vehicle caught fire. Two of its occupants were killed, and two others, one of whom was plaintiff Christine Smith, a passenger in the front seat, sustained severe burn injuries. Smith and others brought an action for personal injuries against Prior for negligent driving and against General Motors in negligence and strict liability for defective manufacture and defective design of the station wagon, in particular the welding of the fuel tank and its placement in the left rear fender section. Subsequent to the jury's verdict, which included damages of $350,000 for Smith against both defendants, the trial court denied General Motors' motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict, but granted its motion for a new trial because juror Spencer on voir dire
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