Traffic expert suggests police officers are at fault in deadly crash
POSTED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 7:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 12:45pm
Expert: Accident could have been avoided
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The defense has rested its case in the intoxicated manslaughter trial of Alejandro Fierro, a man accused of driving drunk, hitting and killing an El Paso Police officer, and injuring another back in 2010.
In court on Wednesday, Fierro's attorneys called Roy Davis, an expert in traffic investigations, to the stand and he testified that the two police officers were speeding and ran a red light on the night of the accident, before the crash happened with Fierro.
According to Davis, the "..accident could have been avoided had the officers followed proper procedure and obeyed traffic laws."
During his testimony, the defense asked Davis, "Police officers make mistakes, don't they?"
Davis responded, "Yes, they do. They are human."
The prosecution fired back - arguing there is no way Davis could know whether the officers ran the red light or not because he wasn't there that night.
One of Fierro's friends was also called to testify on Wednesday.
Uriel Ramos told jurors he was with Fierro on the night of the accident. Ramos said the two were drinking at a bar while watching a soccer game, and from Ramos' point of view, Fierro seemed fine to drive when they left.
Ramos admitted he might have had almost 6 beers at the bar but doesn't remember how much his friend, Fierro, had to drink. Ramos also admitted the two were under 21.
Today, the prosecution asked Ramos, "How were you able to drink at that bar if you were underage?"
Ramos responded, "They never asked us for IDs."
If convicted of intoxicated manslaughter, Alejandro Fierro could face up to 99 years in prison.
Closing arguments begin Thursday morning.