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  • Minnesota Toyota Case

    On June 10, 2006 Koua Fong Lee was returning from church with his family when his Toyota Camry hit an Oldsmobile at a St. Paul, Minnesota intersection, killing the driver and a passenger in the Oldsmobile. Lee is now serving an eight-year-sentence for vehicular homicide, but he has always maintained that his brakes didn't work.
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    Bridgette Trice, mother of Devyn Bolton, sister of Javis Adams Sr. and aunt of Javis Adams Jr. Both Javis Adams Sr. and Javis Adams Jr. died in the accident. Trice's daughter Devyn survived, but would die a year-and-a-half later of her injuries. "Maybe there is something to what Mr. Lee said was going on with him in his car," says Trice now. "I don't want to see anybody suffer for anything they didn't deliberately do."
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    Quincy Adams, father of Javis Adams and grandfather of Javis Adams Jr., was a passenger in the Oldsmobile when it was struck. Both Quincy and 13-year-old Jasmine Adams were injured but survived. "I was angry for a moment," said Adams of the crash, ""but when I came to my senses and thought about it, I didn't understand it. ... In my heart, the way I feel now, it wasn't his fault."
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    Lee's 1996 Toyota Camry hit Javis Adams' Oldsmobile at a speed between 70 and 90 miles per hour. Both Javis Adams Sr. and his 10-year-old son were killed by the impact. Toyota had issued a recall for some 1996 Camrys because of cases of random acceleration caused by a flaw in the cruise control. The recall was not presented into evidence at Lee's trial.
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    Of the five people in the Oldsmobile, three would die of their injuries. Two would survive.
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    Lee's car hit Adams' car and two other vehicles at the intersection of Snelling and Concordia avenues in St. Paul. The prosecutor at Lee's trial for vehicular homicide said Lee's car was going as fast as if it had been "shot out of rocket." Lee's pregnant wife, his four-year-old daughter, his father and his brother were in the Camry with him. None were seriously injured.
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    Lee was convicted of vehicular homicide at a 2007 trial. A Laotian immigrant, he testified through a translator. He never wavered from his claim that he had pressed on the brakes and the brakes didn't work. At his sentencing, claims his current criminal attorney, the judge said he felt Lee showed a lack of remorse. Lee is currently serving an eight-year sentence at Minnesota's Lino Lakes state prison.
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    Javis Adams Sr., driver of the Oldsmobile, was 33 at the time of the crash. His father Quincy says the family was laughing and joking in the car prior to the impact, and then "it was just like a bomb exploded."
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    Javis Adams Jr., 10, was killed on impact when Koua Fung Lee's Toyota Camry hit the back of the Oldsmobile in which Adams was riding.
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    Seven-year-old Devyn Bolton survived the June 10, 2006 collision, but was left quadriplegic. She died a year-and-a-half later.
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    In an interview at Lino Lakes state prison north of St. Paul, Lee (right) told Brian Ross of ABC News that he was sad for the victims and their family. "I tried to avoid this situation to the best of my ability," said Lee.
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    Lee says that when he looks out the window at Lino Lakes state prison, he thinks about freedom. Ramsey County Prosecutor Susan Gaertner says she welcomes an inspection of Lee's Camry to see if it has any "mechanical difficulties that would lead to sudden acceleration syndrome." The vehicle is still in a police impound lot.
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