Toyota’s Mistakes Cost The Lives of Many


Koua Fong Lee’s 1996 Toyota Camry flew up an interstate ramp and plowed into the back of an Oldsmobile in a deadly crash that took the lives of three people. Lee claimed he had done everything in his power to stop the car, but a jury did not believe his story and he was imprisoned for 8 years, leaving his wife and kids (8, 5, 3, and 2 years old) to welfare. He was put in jail 3 years ago for the accident that took place in 2006.

Now, with Toyota admitting major safety problems, Lee has renewed hope at freedom and is planning on suing Toyota. “I know 100 percent in my heart that I took my foot off the gas and that I was stepping on the brakes as hard as possible,” says Lee. His case isn’t the only one coming up (there are at least 16 that have come up), but it is certainly heartbreaking.

The accident happened back in ’06 when he was driving his pregnant wife, 4-year-old daughter, father & brother, coming back from church. The car sped up an Interstate 94 exit ramp in St. Paul. Minnesota, and it was going between 70 and 90 mph when it slammed into an Oldsmobile that was stopped at a red light. In stationary car: A 33 year old father, his 10 year old son, and the father’s 6 year old niece. She was first paralyzed from the neck down, but later died when Lee went to prison.

The families of the victims seem to have made peace with the fact that Lee has been telling the truth the whole time. He said, “”I feel like them believing in me is a gift that I’ve received from God.”