BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts State Police say the Toyota pickup truck that plunged into the Charles River Saturday evening was not part of a recall for unintended acceleration problems.

Two people in a 2010 Toyota Tacoma died after the truck ran a red light at Leverett Circle, side-swiped a car and then drove off the Craigie Bridge and into the water across from the State Police barracks.

Brian Arcand, 36, of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, and Rebecca Smith, 36, of Providence, were pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital after being pulled from the water by rescuers.

A pickup truck went into the Charles River on Saturday night. (WBZ-TV)

A pickup truck went into the Charles River on Saturday night. (WBZ-TV)

State Police said they’re looking at speed as a factor in the crash.

“As part of every investigation into crashes with fatal or life-threatening injuries, the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section reviews vehicle recall databases and compares that data to the make, model, year, and vehicle identification numbers of vehicles involved in the crashes,” State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in a statement Monday.

“State Police have determined that the victims’ 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was NOT part of any Toyota recall for unintended acceleration problems.”


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