Engineering Experts On Toyota Crash Trial

CourtroomAfter reports of “sudden unintended acceleration” became widespread and Toyota recalled some 8 million vehicles worldwide for the problem, Koua Fong Lee’s attorneys asked the court to grant the 32-year-old a new trial.  Lee was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide after his Camry rear-ended another car in 2006, killing a man and two children.

Engineering expert Wade Bartlett wrote: “The best explanation for the event was that [Koua Fong Lee] Mr. Lee was depressing the throttle as he approached the crash area.”  Frank Sonye, a consultant and retired General Motors investigator, was also hired by the county to inspect the car. His report agreed with Bartlett’s assessment and noted, “If the brakes were fully and firmly applied, the vehicle would have slowed substantially, not accelerated.”

Ramsey County District Judge Joanne Smith said Wednesday that she has 90 days to rule on whether Koua Fong Lee will receive a new trial.

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