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New Evidence in Toyota Vehicular Homicide Case Points to Faulty Cruise Control


The conviction of a man sentenced to eight years in prison for vehicular homicide is being re-examined in light of the recent Toyota recalls for unintended acceleration. And a new inspection of the 1996 Toyota Camry responsible for the accident shows that a flaw in the cruise control may have forced the accelerator to remain open, causing the crash.

According to CNN, in 2006, Koua Fong Lee, then 29, was driving his family, including his pregnant wife, child, father, brother and niece, home from church when his Camry, going between 70 and 90 miles an hour, struck another two cars at a red light. The crash killed two people instantly; a third person was rendered paralyzed before eventually dying of her injuries.

Ever since the accident, Lee has maintained his innocence, claiming that he did everything he possibly could to slow the car down at the intersection by hitting the brakes, and that he was still pumping the brakes at the time of the crash.

"There is enough evidence now to support a new trial," said Robert Hilliard, the lawyer for Koua Fong Lee…"If the cruise control was working properly, it would allow the brakes to take over and the car to stop," said Hilliard.

Hilliard says his experts also found evidence from the brake light filaments that a "braking event" was occurring at the time of the collision. "It means that Mr. Lee had his foot on the brake as he testified," said Hilliard. –ABC News

Lee’s story drives home a heartbreaking lesson about just how many lives even one faulty vehicle can end or damage irreparably. After lying to the American public and covering up its problems with unintended acceleration for months, Toyota recalled millions.


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  1. Ricky James says:
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    I just cannot believe that a faulty vehicle would show its sign after a decade. Also these cars(from cars.com) are driven more than 200K miles and are still present today. I’m still not convinced.

  2. JK says:
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    I find it amazing that so many attorneys nowadays like to try their cases in the court of public opinion instead of the court of law. Follow our justice system and let a jury decide.

    It seems that when one defense attorney says something, all of the other ambulance chasers repeat it as if the person speaking it is God. No wonder people don’t want to go into business in the US. Too many ambulance chasing attorneys advertising that they are out for blood.

    When someone spilled a cup of hot coffee (that was supposed to be hot) in their lap and sued McDonald’s for $1 million and won, it opened up the floodgates for all of the blood sucking parasites. This is not law, this is disgusting. Nobody has been able to prove in court that Toyota built a single defective product, and they never will. The ambulance chasers are just hoping Toyota settles to keep the negative publicity down.