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Driver in Toyota case says he’s still haunted by crash

  • Koua Fong Lee embraced his wife in Aug. 2010, Panghoua Moua, in St. Paul, Minn., after learning charges against him, including criminal vehicular homicide, were dropped. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Tom Weber, File)

  • Koua Fong Lee, back right, held is 4-year-old daughter, as his wife, Pang Moua, looked on as emergency personnel workws at the scene of an accident after the 1996 Camry he was driving rear-ended an Oldsmobile at high speed in St. Paul, Minn. in June 2006. (AP Photo/St. Paul Pioneer Press, Thomas Whisenand, File)

MINNEAPOLIS » A man who spent 2 1/2 years in prison after a crash in his Toyota that killed three people in Minnesota says he’s still haunted by the accident.

Taking the stand in a lawsuit against the Japanese automaker, Koua Fong Lee told jurors his heart races and his body shakes every time he thinks about the accident.

Lee was the leadoff witness Thursday in the lawsuit over the 2006 crash. Lee was driving a 1996 Camry that slammed into the back of a family’s Oldsmobile. He’s among several plaintiffs seeking damages from Toyota over the crash.

Lee has always maintained that he pumped his brakes but the car wouldn’t stop. Toyota says Lee’s car wasn’t defective and he hit the gas instead of the brake.

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