The man accused of killing Honolulu police officer Eric Fontes is standing trial for negligent homicide.
James Dorsey doesn't deny he was at the wheel, but says it was a tragic accident.
It was a horrible scene. Police officers were conducting a traffic stop when a truck veered off the highway and headed for five officers.
"Officer Cunningham, who actually saw Officer Fontes get hit by the truck. All he cares about is where Officer Fontes. He pops right back up, he looks and he sees Officer Fontes under the Toyota," Deputy Prosecutor Kristine Yoo said.
Fontes was killed in the crash. Officer Herman "Sam" Scanlan was seriously injured.
One officer remembers what he saw in the moments after the crash.
"Officer Scanlan appeared to be injured. Initially had a difficult time talking, was mumbling, gurgling, his eyes were rolling back in his head," former HPD officer Thomas Chun-Ming said.
Officer Scanlan survived. He testified in court that he felt safe that night as he initiated the traffic stop with four other cars serving as backup.
"I was kind of happy to have all these lights around me. To me, I felt safer because we had all these lights, but apparently not that night," Officer Scanlan said.
Dorsey doesn't deny being behind the wheel at the time of the crash. His attorney says her client fell asleep at the wheel and doesn't remember what happened.
"The next thing he remembers is waking up in his car and seeing that the airbags had been deployed and an officer asking for an ambulance. He believed he had just ran into the center median. What happened next, he could not have imagined in his wildest dreams," defense attorney Carmel Kwock said.
The 22-year-old Dorsey is standing trial for negligent homicide in the second degree and negligent injury in the second degree. Both are class C felonies that carry a maximum of five years in prison.
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