Charlotte Based Tire Company Blamed For Wrongful Deaths

A lawsuit claims a defective tire made by a company based in Charlotte, North Carolina caused a pickup truck crash on a Southern California freeway that killed five family members. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court, accuses Continental Tire North America of wrongful death, negligence, product liability and breach of implied warranty. It was filed on behalf of two women whose mother, father and four-year-old brother died in the March 15 crash. Two others died and two children were hurt when the Ford F-One-Fifty pickup went out of control on Interstate Ten in Ontario, California, struck a tree and then a wall. The Charlotte-based company issued a statement saying its "thoughts and well wishes are with the families involved in the accident."