Fairfield man acquitted in crash that killed children | TheUnion.com

Fairfield man acquitted in crash that killed children

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) ” A jury has acquitted the driver of a car that struck and killed two siblings and injured 10 othe people as they walked home from school.

David Michael Bell who spent more than two years in Solano County on second-degree murder and assault charges, sobbed in his parents arms Thursday after the jury found him not guilty on all counts.

Prosecutors maintained that the 24-year-old Bell lost control of his car while trying to pass a line of stopped cars outside Eugene Padan Elementary School in Vacaville. Ana Laura Cardenas, 9, and her brother, Luis Cardenas, 7, died in the Oct. 19, 2005 crash.

His defense lawyer told the jury that Bell suffered from learning disabilities and hearing problems since birth and that a seizure caused the accident.

The acquittal followed Bell’s second trial. His first trial a year ago ended with a hung jury.


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