UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Families of three Wisconsin victims in a 2006 traffic crash linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switches have yet to decide whether to take a company settlement. Ken Rimer says the families will meet with their lawyer tomorrow after G-M announced a compensation fund yesterday.
18-year-old Natasha Weigel and 15-year-old Amy Rademacher were killed when their car stalled, veered off a road, and slammed into trees in rural Saint Croix County in far western Wisconsin. The driver, 17-year-old Megan Phillips, suffered brain damage. G-M has admitted that one of the girls died directly from the ignition problem, because an air bag in front of her had not deployed.
Yesterday G-M said all passengers in such crashes would be eligible for compensation, after refusing to compensate back seat riders previously.
The three Wisconsin families have a lawsuit pending. Rimer says he'll need to know more before deciding whether to drop the suit and accept G-M's compensation. Amounts have not been disclosed, but company settlement administrator Kenneth Feinberg said families would know the offers before having to decide whether to take them.