Detective Says Russell Crash Was One of the Worst He's Seen
KELSO, Wash. -- The Fred Russell Trial Continues. Friday, A Washington State Patrol detective told the jury the crash was one of the worst he's seen in his career.
Detective Ron Snowden has worked for the Washington State Patrol since 1990. He took a number of pictures after the accident and he tells the jury just how bad the accident really was.
He got to the scene of the accident about an hour and a half after it happened. He told the jury that this particular accident had extreme contact damage.
Snowden says, "In this case, the other vehicle physically entered the interior of the other vehicle."
Detective Snowden was referring to Fred Russell's Chevy Blazer and Brandon Clemetz's Cadillac. Snowden says the evidence shows Russell first hit this Geo and then one of the Blazer's tires came off. Snowden says there was no sign that Russell tried to brake when he hit the Geo. Snowden says then Russell hit the Cadillac. He told the jury this was one of the worst vehicle accidents he has ever seen.
He says, "I don't know if I've ever seen damage this extreme to another vehicle unless a semi or train was involved."
The defense asked Snowden if a driver would be able to control a vehicle if they lost a tire. Snowden said no. Defense attorney's also asked Snowden how much room there was on the shoulder of the road for a vehicle to pull over.
The defense asked that question because it is their their theory that a car pulled over in front of Fred Russell and he had to swerve around it.