More Toyota Sudden Acceleration Cases Uncovered


It happened on Columbus Day a year ago when the Lagakos family was returning home in the blue Toyota Highlander driven by Stephen Lagakos. The family was traveling north on Route 202 after enjoying a holiday weekend celebrating Helen Lagakos’s 94th birthday at their summer home in Rindge N.H.

Meanwhile, Stephen Krause had dropped off his Chevy Suburban at the dealership for service as reported by, ran several errands and was driving the Chevy Malibu loaner car to work when he was struck by the Highlander driven by Stephen Lagakos.

According to witnesses, the Highlander suddenly zoomed up into the breakdown lane then swerved across all lanes into oncoming traffic, where it collided head on with the silver Chevrolet Malibu driven by Stephen Krause.

Another Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Case

Killed in the accident were the driver, Harvard professor Stephen Lagakos; his wife Regina; and Stephen’s mother Helen. The driver of the Chevy Malibu, Stephen Krause of Keene, N.H. was also killed in what has become a suspected sudden acceleration case.

Both families are looking for answers as to what caused the unintended acceleration of the Toyota Highlander.“We can confirm that the Lagakos family has asked us to look into whether this accident was caused by a sudden unintended acceleration,’’ said Valerie Yarashus, an attorney for the surviving Lagakos family members.

“We are at an early phase of the investigation, and want to investigate this thoroughly. ’’The unintended acceleration of several models of Toyota have come to light recently and now, federal officials have their eyes on this case.

NHTSA Investigates Unintended Acceleration Case

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has received two consumer complaints about this case, and will be sending a team to Massachusetts in May to examine the Toyota Highlander, now being kept for further investigation at a Billerica salvage yard.

Stephen Krause’s wife, Colleen, is hoping the government’s investigation will uncover some answers about the death of her husband and the father of her 4 young children. “For peace of mind, I wish there were some closure,’’ she said.

“I don’t know what to tell my children.’’ Toyota Motor Corp. has been under fire lately with allegations of the sudden unintended acceleration of their vehicles ending in catastrophic accidents and causing the deaths of numerous unsuspecting consumers.

Toyota in response has recalled millions of vehicles, saying their gas pedals may be sticking or some models with certain Toyota  floor mats could bunch up, jamming the accelerator pedal, but they have steadfastly and repeatedly denied charges that Toyota’s electronic control systems could be at fault.

Toyota Motor Corp. was recently fined $16.4 million by the federal government its failure to notify regulators of a “dangerous pedal defect’’ for nearly four months, the traffic safety agency reported last week.

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