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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Man Freed From Prison for Killing Three With Possibly-Defective Toyota

In 2006, a Minnesota man, Koua Fong Lee, was convicted on charges of vehicular homicide after the Toyota Camry he was driving home from church (with several family members inside, including his pregnant wife) accelerated uncontrollably crashing into two other cars, killing a man, his 10-year-old son, and a six-year-old girl. The car was a 1996 Camry, and Mr. Lee insisted throughout his entire trial that he had his foot on the brake the entire time his car raced toward the other vehicles. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, but he was recently freed pending a new trial to determine if his Camry was at fault rather than the driver, himself. Even the victims’ families believe that Lee is not responsible for the deaths of their family members. They are suing Toyota Motor Corp.

Last year, two mechanical engineers testified that the brakes and acceleration system were both working properly at the time of the car accident. Lee’s new lawyer, Brent Schafer, told "American Morning" that evidence was ignored or misstated during the trial, leading to Lee’s conviction. The judge in the original trial stated the original conviction was vacated also because attorney during that trial, Tracy Eichhorn-Hicks, failed to defend him adequately.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a defective vehicle, the attorneys at The Cochran Firm are now taking Toyota cases (and other defective product cases) at this time. Simply contact one of our nationwide offices to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation with one of our product liability attorneys.

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