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Toyota Prius crash prompts emergency court filing

May 27, 2011 |  5:37 pm

Runaway Prius slams into mini-mall in Pasadena.An attorney representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Toyota asked a Los Angeles judge Friday afternoon for an emergency order to preserve evidence after a Toyota Prius drove through a Pasadena mini-mall, trapping a woman in an elevator.

The accident occurred Thursday morning when the car smashed through a plate-glass window and went through a martial arts studio. The car came to rest partially lodged in an elevator shaft.

Driver Gerry Young told KTLA-TV Channel 5 News that the car would not stop, even after she pulled the keys out of the ignition.

Attorney John Kristensen, who is representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Toyota in Los Angeles County Superior Court, said he has asked a judge to issue an emergency order preserving any evidence in the case. Kristensen said a hearing on the matter is scheduled to be held Tuesday morning.

The lawsuit focuses on sudden acceleration on a variety of Toyota vehicles, including the Prius.

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Photo: Toyota Prius crash scene in Pasadena. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5 News

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