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Associated Press, Published April 20 2010

Inspection begins on Toyota involved in fatal crash that sent Minnesota man to prison

ST. PAUL (AP) — An inspection is under way on a 1996 Toyota Camry that was involved in a fatal crash that sent a Minnesota man to prison.

The two-day inspection began Tuesday morning as part of efforts by attorneys for Koua Fong Lee to win him a new trial. They say the St. Paul man did everything he could to stop the car before it crashed into another car in 2006, killing three people. Lee was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide and sentenced to eight years in prison.

The inspection at the St. Paul police impound lot is being conducted by an expert hired by Lee's attorneys and a mechanical engineer hired by the Ramsey County attorney's office.

Some 1996 Camrys were subject to a recall for a cruise control problem that caused unintentional acceleration. Lee attorney Bob Hilliard says it's not clear if Lee's Camry was among them, but says the inspection has turned up "preliminary indications" of a problem with Lee's cruise control.

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