According to the Daily Report’s article, the car accident occurred in the early morning hours when it was still dark outside. It is reported that Attorney Schwarz’s client made a left turn in front of an oncoming van, which crashed into the trailer of the truck. The truck was carrying metal coils and the van was filled with carpets.
The news article notes that the trial lasted two-and-a-half days, with the final verdict being handed down on April 10. Jurors told Schwarz following the trial and verdict that while the incident was sad, they did not believe that the defendant deserved the blame. Furthermore, they expressed shock after hearing that the defendant had been incarcerated for 35 days prior to getting out on bond. The defendant’s bond had initially been set at $250,000, though a third bond hearing finally resulted in that amount being reduced to $25,000.
In the trial, an expert witness for the defense stated that 18 seconds passed between the time the truck started the turn and the time of the collision, and that this should have been a sufficient amount of time for the driver of the van to avoid the accident, according to the article. Attorney Schwarz noted that the deceased driver could have been distracted at the time, and that this was a possibility that was not sufficiently explored by law enforcement. One piece of evidence that proved essential to the case was video footage of the crash that was captured by a car dealership’s security cameras. While prosecutors had initially presented it as their own evidence, the defense used the footage to show that the van’s brake lights did not come on until right when the crash happened. The footage also showed that the headlights of the van were not on. In the end, the jury made its decision and the defendant’s freedom was protected.
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