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Day 2: Leggio Trial, witness says trucking company tried to change his story
JEFFERSON COUNTY-By: Leslie Rangel
On this second day of testimony in a cival trial on behalf of Deborah and Vincent Leggio, the jury heard from a CR England trucking company representative.
He said the company believes without a doubt, the fog was the only cause of the collision.
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.
Throughout the trial. both the trucking company and the driver have never wavered from their statements that fog was the only cause of the accident.
They also say the heavy fog developed near Hamshire Road just seconds before the collision without enough warning for the driver to do anything about it.
During his testimony, the driver said the fog came up like a white blanket of smoke.
Today the plaintiffs called one witness to the stand, Casey Cator, a driver who ran into the big rig just minutes after it struck the Leggio's SUV.
Cator said the trucking company and the driver are incorrect in saying the fog only developed near Hamshire Road, just before the accident.
Cator was driving from Houston through Jefferson County.
He said throughout his drive along Interstate Ten he followed the CR England truck to allow its back lights to guide him because the fog was so thick.
The witness also testified that investigators from CR England called him and his family several times to get him to change his story about what he calls the continuous fog along I-10.
Just before testimony ended today, DPS Sergeant Chuck Havard told jurors, the department's accident report shows the collision could have been prevented if the driver had slowed down, given the conditions at the time.
Testimony resumes tomorrow.