True crime (sort of). A woman is dead after a minor accident, and her husband sues Ford for faulty air bag. But as the court discovery proceeds, the lawyer finds that she may have been strangled prior to the accident, and the crash staged as a cover up. Based on a true story. Kind of dry and a lot of jargon, but interesting.
No one in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, was surprised when Eric Thomas, a popular young doctor, sued the Ford Motor Company for the wrongful death of his pregnant wife, Tracy, after a minor accident involving their powerful Explorer. Backed by the medical examiner’s findings, the lawsuit claimed that the Explorer’s air bag inflated improperly, causing injuries that resulted in Tracy’s suffocation.
But this seemingly simple product-liability case soon evolved into something far darker and more complex…
After an exhaustive investigation, Ford turned the tables, alleging that Tracy Thomas did not die from injuries resulting from a defective air bag. She died because of manual strangulation. Now, it was the defendant, the giant automaker Ford, who became a de facto prosecutor, with plaintiff Eric Thomas, a passenger in the Explorer, accused of murdering his wife…
True story of "was it murder", don't want to give to much away. Dr Thomas a dentist said he and his wife were taking their daughter to the hospital on a snowy winters night, she was driving although very pregnant, had had blackouts, he claimed, and had slipped and fallen before entering the car. There was a crash-- the air bags went off, he claims air bags built buy Ford Motor company are at fault, the med report says maybe something different. Dr Thomas collects large amount of money-remarries and has new child, trying to keep this secret. Finaly there is a trial persued by first wifes family and Ford gets into it. Surprise ending. Very good true read. I am now looking for more by this author. Wasn't all that court he said she said legal stuff to go thru-very plain english and to the pointly written.
The most unusual true crime I've ever read. A man's pregnant wife is killed in a minor car accident. He receives $400,000. in insurance money.
Later, he decides to sue Ford Motor Company, claiming the air bag caused the death.
The bulk of the book is the investigations done by the opposing sides and all the legal wranglings. Ford finally catches the man in serious lies (the amount of insurance, an ongoing affair) and accuses him of strangling his wife.
Those who do not like tedious courtroom stuff will not like this; I did. Also, the story does not come to a definite conclusion. I saw it coming and was fine with it, but it may drive some readers crazy.
No one in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, was surprised when Eric Thomas, a popular young doctor, sued the Ford Motor Company for the wrongful death of his pregnant wife, Tracy after a minor accident involving their powerful Explorer. Backed by the medical examiner's findings, the lawsuit claimed that the Explorer's Airbag inflated improperly, causing injuries that resulted in Tracy's suffication.
But this seemingly simple product-liability case soon evolved into something far darker and more complex.
This book kept me up late at night because I couldn't put it down. At first, it seemed obvious that the husband committed murder. But deeper into the book, one begins to wonder what really happened. Highly qualified experts disagreed with each other, which was a major point brought out by the prosecution. If experts can't agree, they said, how does the prosecution go forward? What fascinated me most was the detailed look at both the legal system and the medical system. The author is extremely careful to list all of his sources, quoting newspaper articles when needed, to avoid a slander lawsuit. He also notes statements made by the people he interviewed, especially when there are contradicting statements by lawyers, media, the police, etc.
This book has got to be the most BORING book I have ever read! There is so much repeat....and repeat...and repeat expert testimony that it just drags on and on. And at the end of the book, it was all for nothing! It is definitely a page-skipper! I would like the credit for the book but I have to say I DO NOT recommend it!