CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the trial court did not err in allowing the State Trooper to testify as a expert witness in accident reconstruction?
Defendant was convicted of criminal vehicular operation. He appealed, challenging the testimony of a State Trooper as an expert witness in accident reconstruction. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the record supported the trial court’s findings that the State Trooper qualified as an expert witness because: (1) he had been certified as an accident reconstruction expert for 17 years; (2) served as such in approximately 300 cases; (3) was trained in heavy vehicle accident reconstruction; (4) received training in electronic data retrieval; (5) his testimony had foundation reliability; and (6) accident reconstruction practices fall outside the ordinary knowledge of laypersons. Affirmed.
State v. Flategraff, A20-0345, Steele County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.