Doctors Testified in Fatal High Speed Car Chase TrialPosted: Updated:
The defense and prosecuting attorneys both brought doctors to the stand to try to answer this.
Dr. Mark Cunnigham has a Ph.D. in psychology. He testified that although Young had the capacity to understand risks, he believes Young didn't consider Eluding a risk because he had done it before.
"Each of those times reinforced that he could do it again and that there's no risk," said Dr. Cunnigham.
Prosecuting Attorneys brought psychiatrist Dr. Bill Grant to the stand. He disagrees. He says Young intentionally ran from the police because he understood the risks of getting arrested. He also said that age and family history are no excuse.
"You can't say that because someone is youthful he just can't be expected to grasp his risks," said Dr. Grant.
Meaning he could understand the dangers he put other drivers in.
Young was in fact arrested and crashed into another car, killing 19-year-olds Guillermo "Bobby" Aguilar and Edgar Trevino Mendoza and injuring Juan Hernandez-Ortega.
He admitted yesterday to using methamphetamine. Doctors say this could have had an effect on his state of mind, but ultimately, it will be up to the jury to answer that question.