Accident Reconstruction Expert Witness Disputes Police Findings

A jury may decide who caused a serious injury crash on Deerfield Road last year after an accident reconstruction expert witness claimed a Lenawee County, MI, Sheriff’s Department investigation got it backwards.

A lawsuit over the crash that left 82-year-old Elmer Johnson near death was moved toward trial this week after a motion to dismiss it was rejected by Lenawee County Circuit Judge Margaret M.S. Noe. Defense attorneys argued a sheriff’s department report left no doubt that Johnson was at fault while attorney Courtney Morgan of Dearborn argued that expert opinion and physical evidence back up the Johnson claim that Joshua Gates, 27, was the one who ran the stop sign.

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