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Leamond Pierce trial continues to Tuesday

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

After five days in court, the Leamond Pierce vehicular homicide trial is still in action.

Pierce, a truck driver and parolee from Delaware was driving on I-80 near Waverly on a wintry day in December 2011. He smashed into the back of a Camry killing 2-year-old Aidan Curry who was sitting in the backseat. His mother said the evidence will speak for itself.

"It's never been about revenge.. or anything like that.. it's always been about justice," Jennifer Brock said.

Investigators said Pierce was driving over the speed limit of 55 mph right before the accident.

Today, the court heard from an accident reconstruction specialist who said even if Pierce was driving the legal speed limit, he still would've hit the Curry family.

According to diagrams, outlines and calculations, the specialist found that speed was not critical to the accident because the Toyota Camry merged in front of the truck going 28 mph, leaving at most 52 feet between the truck and the car.

"If he [Leamond Pierce] was going the speed limit at 55 mph, the collision still would've happened even if he were traveling at 49 mph," the specialist said.

A state trooper who investigated, disagreed.

"In your opinion, was Leamond Pierce driving too fast for conditions?" the prosecution asked the trooper.

"Yes," the trooper said.

He said if Pierce traveled the speed limit before the crash, he would've been able to analyze road conditions and his surroundings, giving him enough time to see the Curry's Camry merge into his lane.

The defense was not convinced, questioning the trooper's expertise on accident reconstruction and analysis.

Tuesday the prosecution and defense will give their closing arguments leaving the jury to deliberate. If convicted, Pierce faces a year behind bars.

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