Caldwell family believes man's fatal crash related to GM recall

Caldwell family believes man's fatal crash related to GM recall »Play Video
CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) - A local family believes the death of 23-year-old Amador Cortinas was related to the faulty ignition switch in the 2005 Chevy Cobalt he was driving in October of 2013.

Monica Coronado was Amador's sister, who is now helping lead the charge to find out more about her brother's crash.

Coronado said he was the designated driver that night and was driving his friend's car for his birthday. Both men died when their car crashed head on into another vehicle outside of wilder.

She said investigators ruled out intoxication or texting as a cause of the crash. They eventually concluded Cortinas must have fallen asleep behind the wheel because he never hit his breaks. Monica said her family always had doubts about that conclusion.

Months later Monica was contacted by another woman who's daughter had died in a similar crash related to the recall by GM , which has admitted, the defective switches caused over 50 crashes and at least 13 deaths.

That mother had noticed her brother's crash had similar circumstances.

Coronado was eventually invited to Washington D.C., at the end of March along with other families to meet with the CEO of GM in a closed door meeting. Monica said she wasn't happy with the response.

"Our families wanted to go in, and we had higher expectations on how the outcome would have came," said Coronado. "Maybe a little more sincerity from Mary Barra (GM CEO), but it wasn't how it came across."

What makes Coronado and her family even more upset is the part in question is estimated to have only cost about 57 cents to fix at the time it was discovered.

Monica said while this has been hard on her family having to relive her brother's death. She hopes by coming forward they can prevent this from happening in the future.

She said her family has talked with a lawyer representing other families, and they may file a lawsuit.