Delay approved on decision to retry driver of Toyota

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 16, 2010 - 8:33 PM

The Ramsey County attorney's office has been given more time to respond to a defense motion to grant Koua Fong Lee a new trial in the case of his alleged runaway Toyota.

The Ramsey County attorney's office has been given more time to respond to a defense motion to grant Koua Fong Lee a new trial in the case of his alleged runaway Toyota.

District Judge Joanne Smith issued a decision Friday stating that the attorney's office must respond to the motion 15 days after it receives final reports of an inspection of Lee's Toyota, or by June 30, whichever comes first. Lee's 1996 Camry is to be inspected Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lee was driving his family home from church on June 10, 2006, when he took the Snelling Avenue exit off eastbound Interstate 94. His car accelerated and slammed into an Oldsmobile Ciera stopped at a red light. The driver, Javis Adams, 33, and his son, Javis Jr., 10, were killed instantly. Adams' niece, Devyn Bolton, was left a quadriplegic. She died in October 2007 at age 7.

Lee, 32, was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide and is serving an eight-year sentence.

Lee said the brakes failed, but St. Paul's chief mechanic found no problems with them. Lee's case gained new attention this year when Toyota recalled millions of cars worldwide due to sudden acceleration. Lee's car was not recalled, but dozens of people came forward with similar stories about the same model, and with other non-recalled Toyotas.

Chao Xiong • 612-673-4391

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