Settlement Reached in Polly Gonzalez Lawsuit - 8 News NOW

Settlement Reached in Polly Gonzalez Lawsuit

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Polly with her daughters. Polly with her daughters.

Many Channel 8 viewers remember Polly Gonzalez, a popular news anchor beloved by the community, who died tragically in a car accident nearly four years ago. Eyewitness News has learned that Polly's family has resolved their lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company.

Informed sources tell the I-Team a settlement has been reached in Polly's case, pending approval from the court. On behalf of her two little girls who survived the crash, Polly's estate sued Ford alleging the 2000 Ford Explorer they were riding in was unsafe.

In March of 2005, Polly died in a single vehicle rollover crash on California's Highway 127 near Death Valley. She was taking her daughters, Sabrina and Gabriella, to see the wildflowers at the park.

The family's lawsuit alleges the windows and the body of the 2000 Ford Explorer lacked the structural integrity to withstand a rollover. It also claims, among other deficiencies, the seatbelts were inadequate.

Sources say under the terms of the agreement, Ford will not admit any liability and the amount of the settlement will remain confidential. Ford has paid out tens of millions of dollars in jury awards and settlements in similar cases across the country.

The staff at Channel 8 still keeps in touch with Polly's family. They declined to comment on the case.

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