Has anything ever happened that made you look guilty but you knew that you were innocent? I believe this is what happened to Koua Fong Lee.
He was driving home from church in St. Paul, Minnesota with his pregnant wife, daughter, father, bother and niece. When Koua exited I-94 he pushed the brake to slow down, only nothing happened. He pushed harder, still his 1996 Toyota Camry accelerated.
Can you imagine his terror when he struck two other cars at high-speed? A man and his son died instantly; a six-year-old girl was paralyzed. She testified at the trial but later died.
Mechanical engineers for both sides examined the car and reported there were no problems with the brakes or acceleration.
Now here is where I have a problem: The throttle was found open at 15 percent, which is unusual. This was attributed to damage from the accident? Wait a minute. Why didn’t the defense attorney dig into the background of the Camry? Why didn’t the jury question if there were past problems with this model?
It’s 2006 — no problems with 1996 Camry. How did they know? No one bothered to check. A man may be convicted for vehicular manslaughter; sentenced to prison; taken away from his family. Do you think he sleeps at night thinking of those who died?
As it turned out, Koua Fong Lee was convicted and sent to prison. In an article I read by CNN it stated: A search of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s online complaint database revealed 526 incidents for the 1996 Toyota Camry. Among the complaints concerning air bags, tires, steering and visibility were at least two dozen related to “vehicle speed control,” some dating back to 1997.
Relatives of the victims, who thought he was guilty, now fight to free Koua Lee.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full