In response to Sen. Toomey's letter, GM Pledges To Return Black Box To Family Of Pa. Woman

- In a letter to U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), a representative of General Motors (GM) pledged to return the Sensing and Diagnostic Module or “black box,” taken from a vehicle in a crash that killed a 21-year-old Northeast Pennsylvania woman in 2010.

Kelly Erin Ruddy was killed after she lost control of her 2005 Chevy Cobalt.

Her parents, Leo and Mary Theresa Ruddy, have felt that neither GM nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration responded sufficiently to the possibility that an electrical failure in their daughter’s car may have triggered the accident.

Last week, Senator Toomey wrote to GM CEO Mary T. Barra stating that he found the company’s lack of responsiveness to the Ruddy family totally unacceptable.

He also implored GM to contact Leo and Mary Theresa Ruddy immediately and return to the family the car’s black box, which was taken as part of the company’s investigation, as quickly as possible.

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