Defense expert challenges state expert’s findings in intoxication manslaughter case
SAN ANTONIO – During a pre-trial hearing prior to the start of Rosalinda Olalde’s trial on intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault charges, a defense accident reconstructionist took exception to several of the findings of the state’s expert on accident reconstruction. On Tuesday that expert, Dr. Eric Moody, again called the state’s findings into question. Moody testified on Tuesday that he estimated her speed was between 56 and 60 miles an hour. Both experts agreed that Olalde’s SUV had left the Loop 1604 access road in the 6500 block and was on the sidewalk adjacent the access road when the crash occurred. Velasquez-Palau was entering the access road from a private driveway.
Jury gets firsthand look at vehicles involved in fatal traffic crash
Olalde is accused of crashing broadside into a car driven by Mario Velasquez-Palau, 22, on the night of August 10, 2018. “His brain stem had been torn in two, completely transected,” Medical Examiner, Doctor Jennifer Rulon, testified. They showed that the sedan had been pushed into a ditch while Olalde’s SUV continued traveling down the access road. The trial is set to resume in Judge Jennifer Pena’s 290th District Court on Monday at which time defense attorneys are expected to call an accident reconstruction expert to testify. Survivors of fatal drunk driving crash share their story during suspect’s trial