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Driver of recalled Saturn cleared of negligent homicide

In 2007, Candice Anderson pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, three years after the Saturn Ion she was driving crashed into a tree, killing her fiancé. Her plea was overturned on Monday, following the discovery that the car had a defective ignition switch.

General Motors has recalled more than 2.5 million cars because of the problem, and the faulty switch has been linked to 35 crash deaths, the Detroit Free Press reports. Anderson lived with guilt following the accident, and after pleading guilty, served five years probation and performed 260 hours of community service. Now, her record is clear.

The family of Gene Mikale Erickson, Anderson's fiancé, has submitted a claim with the GM recall fund, and could receive at least $1 million in compensation.