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Judge Frees Man Convicted In Fatal Toyota Crash

Prosecutors say they will not seek re-trial.

by on Aug.06, 2010

A judge freed the driver of this Camry after three years in prison. A new hearing suggested the accident could have been caused by defects in the 1996 Toyota Camry.

A Minnesota trial judge has ordered the release of a man who has claimed a runaway Toyota Camry led to a fatal accident.

Koua Fong Lee is a free man today after Ramsey County District Court Judge Joanne Smith ruled that new evidence supports his innocence, his attorney said, after the judge handed down the decision.

The ruling comes after a four-day hearing over a cruise control problem in the Toyota Camry that Mr. Lee was driving in a 2006 crash that claimed the lives of three people and resulted in his being sentenced to prison.

Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner has said prosecutors would not seek a new trial. (See Retrial Requested in Minnesota Toyota Homicide)

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In June of 2006, Lee and his family were returning from Sunday church services when his his 1996 Camry accelerated to a reported 90 mph on a freeway off-ramp before rear-ending another vehicle stopped at a light.  Three members of the Adams family were killed, two others injured.

“I did everything I could to stop that vehicle and that vehicle didn’t stop,” Lee told a Minnesota TV news crew after his release from Lino Lakes prison.

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Retrial Requested in Minnesota Toyota Homicide

Attorneys want a new jury for imprisoned Minnesota man.

by on Mar.25, 2010

Attorneys for the Minnesota man sentenced in connection with a fatal 2006 crash involving a “runaway” Toyota Camry that killed three people have asked a Minnesota, district judge to grant a new trial.

The petition for a new trial filed in the case, Koua Fong Lee v. State of Minnesota, No. 62-K8-07-000965, includes numerous affidavits from individuals that experienced sudden acceleration in their older model Toyota vehicles, including seven with the same 1996 Toyota Camry model as Mr. Lee.

“On numerous occasions, (Ramsey) County Attorney Susan Gaertner has publicly said if we show her the evidence she will immediately act on it,” says Robert Hilliard from the Texas-based law firm of Hilliard Munoz Guerra.

In June 2006, Mr. Lee was driving his Toyota Camry when it unexpectedly accelerated before crashing into another car and killing Javis Adams, 33, his son Javis Adams Jr., 10, and his niece Devyn Bolton, 7. Mr. Lee was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in October 2007 and sentenced to eight years in prison.

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Justice?

“Here it is, it is time for her to act. We’ve now given her more than enough evidence to join with us in asking the Court to grant our client an immediate new trial, and we hope they move quickly to release Koua and this time allow a fair trial where the jury hears all of the evidence,” Hilliard claims.    (more…)

Prosecutor to Meet Defense in Toyota Homicide

Camry unintended acceleration resulted in false conviction?

by on Mar.19, 2010

Lee was driving his Camry when it accelerated before crashing into another car and killing 3.

What might be new evidence that could ultimately set free Koua Fong Lee, a Minnesota man sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a 2006 crash involving a runaway Toyota, will be presented to the Ramsey County assistant prosecutor on Monday.

In June 2006, Lee was driving his Toyota Camry when it accelerated before crashing into another car and killing Javis Adams, 33, his son Javis Adams Jr., 10, and his niece Devyn Bolton, 7.

Mr. Lee was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in October 2007 and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Attorney Robert Hilliard from the Corpus Christi, Texas-based law firm of Hilliard Muńoz Guerra LLP has been retained by Lee, apparently for his experience in Toyota cases across the country. Hilliard also represents Quincy Adams, whose son and grandson were killed in the crash; as well as Bridgette Trice, whose daughter was killed.

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Justice?

Mr. Lee and his attorneys are seeking to have his case reexamined. Hilliard and other attorneys are meeting with Ramsey County assistant prosecutor Phil Carruthers to discuss the case and present evidence from their investigations.   (more…)