October 18th, 2005 - a father inexplicably veers off I-45 near Texas City and a steel pole slices the family's Malibu in half.
Of the five on board, none survived. Killed were 39 year old Adam Powledge and his four children - 12 year old Jake, 10 year old Blake, 7 year old Rachel and 6 year old Isaac.
"It's just time the truth be told," said Dori Powledge, Adam's widow and mother to each of the children lost.
Powledge sued General Motors claiming the crash was due to power steering malfunction which caused her husband to lose control of the vehicle.
But in court proceedings GM denied repeatedly, under oath that the 2004 Malibu had any defect, suggesting instead that Adam Powledge drove into the pole on purpose committing murder and suicide.
"General Motors their actions have been unconscionable. It's been overwhelming knowing all this time they were hiding information and yet blaming him and I want that set straight," said Dori.
We know now that GM was aware of the system defects, refused to initiate a re-call and suppressed evidence of the life threatening danger.
Attorney Josh Davis is suing the new GM on Powledge's behalf contending its leaders knew the old GM had committed fraud and joined a conspiracy of silence to help bring the automaker out of bankruptcy with government money.
"If you are going to ask the taxpayers for money it's going to be very hard to get that money if you are at the same time saying that you have put profits ahead of people and ahead of your customers and ahead of safety," said Davis adding "It turns your stomach."
Eight years after losing so many she loved, Dori Powledge says it's beyond time for a reckoning.
"They radically altered our lives and just brushed us away like we meant nothing, all because of their greed and bad business practices," said Powledge.