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Associated Press, Published July 06 2010

St. Paul man closer to new trial in Toyota crash

ST. PAUL (AP) — A judge has ordered a hearing for Aug. 2 on whether to grant a new trial for a St. Paul man who was driving a Toyota in a crash that killed three people.

The evidentiary hearing is a victory for Koua Fong Lee, who maintains he did everything he could to stop his 1996 Camry before it plowed into another car at high speed at the top of a freeway exit ramp in 2006. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Tuesday's order from Ramsey County District Judge Joanne Smith cites a defense expert's report and other information that has emerged in recent months about the problem of sudden unintended acceleration in some Toyotas.

The Ramsey County attorney's office last week argued against a new trial, saying there was insufficient new evidence.

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