Jury to hear closing arguments in federal suit stemming from fatal Toyota crash in Minnesota

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Jurors may soon begin deliberating a federal lawsuit stemming from a 2006 Minnesota car accident that killed three people.

Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.

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Several people are suing Toyota Motor Corp. over the crash, including the car's driver, Koua (KOO'-uh) Fong Lee. Lee spent 2½ years in prison for the crash before he was released after reports suggested that some Toyota cars had a sudden acceleration problem.

Lee maintains his 1996 Camry accelerated on its own as he was exiting Interstate 94. The Camry slammed into the back of an Oldsmobile, killing two people instantly and paralyzing a girl who later died.

Toyota's attorney contends Lee's brakes and throttle system were working properly.

The model Lee drove was older than those that Toyota recalled because of the sudden acceleration issue.