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Toyota driver's vehicular homicide conviction thrown out

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota man who spent more than 21/2 years in prison for a fatal Toyota crash walked free Thursday after a judge ordered a new trial and a prosecutor said she wouldn't prolong the case reopened in the wake of the carmaker's widely publicized sudden acceleration problems.

Koua Fong Lee, 32, of St. Paul jumped up after finding out he would be reunited with his wife and four young children.

Lee was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in the 2006 crash that killed three people. Lee's Camry was traveling between 70 and 90 mph when he hit the other car. He insisted at trial that he was trying to brake before the collision, but was convicted. He was sentenced to the maximum eight years.

Over four days of testimony this week, Lee's attorneys didn't prove his car had a sudden acceleration problem. But they argued evidence backed up Lee's account that he was trying to brake.

Toyota driver's vehicular homicide conviction thrown out 08/05/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 9:26pm]
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