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Police: Faulty Camry likely caused fatal Utah crash

Published: Sunday, Nov. 14 2010 11:14 p.m. MST

WENDOVER, Utah — Police say a Toyota Camry accelerator problem likely caused a fatal Utah car crash.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nathan Croft says 66-year-old Paul Vanalfen's 2008 Camry slammed into a rock wall in Wendover on Nov. 5, killing him and his son's fiancee.

Vanalfen's son and wife were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Croft tells the Salt Lake Tribune that Vanalfen was trying to stop the car as it exited off Interstate 80. He says there were tire skid marks at the crash site and the car's brakes appeared to be in working order.

Toyota has recalled millions of cars because of floor mats that can snag gas pedals or accelerators that can sometimes stick.

Croft says Vanalfen's Camry was subject to one mandatory and two voluntary recalls, and the mandatory recall and repair for a sticking accelerator had been completed.

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