In March 2010, Brooke Melton, a 29-year-old nurse living in Georgia, had been driving when her 2005 Chevy Cobalt’s engine shut down in traffic. Before taking the Cobalt in for servicing, she started a list of all of the issues:
Mechanics cleaned the Chevy’s fuel injection system and returned the car to her promising that nothing was wrong with the vehicle.
Having that assurance, on March 10, 2010, her birthday, Brooke was driving to meet her boyfriend for a birthday celebration. She never arrived. Her Cobalt lost power, she veered into oncoming traffic, tried to correct for the skid, but had no anit-lock breaks or power steering. She was hit on the passenger side of her car, and the force of the impact – identical to falling from a building’s 16th floor – sent her car down a hill adjacent to the road and into a creek.
Represented by Larry Cooper, Brooke’s parents sued GM, and Ray DeGiorgio’s April 2013 deposition was related to that lawsuit.
In September 2013, GM settled the suit, but they didn’t issue a recall until five months later.