Judge clears woman convicted in fatal Texas car crash after GM says car would've been recalled

CANTON, Texas – A Texas judge has cleared a woman accused in a fatal wreck after General Motors acknowledged her car would’ve been among millions recalled for an ignition switch problem that may have contributed to the death.

Candice Anderson pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2004 crash that severely injured her and killed her fiance, Gene Erikson. Investigators say Anderson was driving when her Saturn Ion suddenly veered off a road outside Dallas and hit a tree, but the air bags didn’t deploy.

Court officials say a judge on Monday expunged Anderson’s record in the case, after GM said the recall condition “may have caused or contributed” to the air bags not deploying.

Anderson was charged with criminally negligent homicide. She pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received five years’ probation.