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Day 3: Emotional day of testimony for the family in the Leggios Trial

JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Leslie Rangel
A witness says the death of a couple in the massive collision on Interstate 10 on Thanksgiving day of last year could have been prevented.

The children of Debra and Vincent Leggio are suing a truck driver and a trucking company on behalf of their parents.

The Leggios were both in their 60's and lived in Pearland. They were parents to three and grandparents to seven.

It was another emotional day of testimony for the family of the Leggios.

The family and the jury heard graphic testimony from accident reconstruction experts.

One witness, Eric Moody, is a forensic engineer who specializes in reconstructing accidents.

He testified today that all evidence points to a preventable accident.

Attorneys for the truck driver and the trucking company say there was nothing that could have been done to prevent the accident.

They say the fog led to the collision.

But Moody told the jury quote, "Mr. Kerr was traveling way too fast for conditions that existed at the time." He was referring to the fog.

There was also testimony from DPS Sergeant Chuck Havard and from the forensic engineer.

They concluded the big rig driver, Richardo Kerr must have been traveling anywhere from 52 to 69 miles per hour when the crash happened.

Another witness, David Stopper, who is a crash investigator with more than 20 years of experience, says he investigated the 18-wheeler just days after the crash.

He says underneath the 18 wheeler he found a quote, "bloody headrest under a tire rod and axle of the suburban and there appeared to be blood and tissue on it."

What plaintiffs call relevant testimony because they say it proves the 18-wheeler driver was going so fast he completely drove over the SUV.

Testimony resumes Thursday.


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