St. Louis Public Radio News
2:14 pm
Wed June 18, 2003

Family of MO Trooper Sues Ford

Independence, MO – The family of a Highway Patrol trooper who died in a rear-end collision in western Missouri is suing Ford Motor Company. They allege the location of the patrol car's fuel tank played a part in the car catching fire.

Michael Newton's family filed the lawsuit Tuesday, as did Michael Nolte of Leawood, Kansas. Nolte was in the car with Newton and survived the crash.

Theirs are the latest in a series of claims against Ford for its design of the Crown Victoria, which is commonly used by police.

Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley says she can't comment on the suit, but adds Ford stands behind its vehicle.