ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Thursday prosecutors tried to show the jury just how violent the Adam Casaus crash was. They wanted to show just how recklessly the now-former Albuquerque cop was driving when they say he blew through a red light and killed a young woman.
On day three of the vehicular homicide trial and Thursday the jury heard from the OMI doctor who oversaw the autopsy. She said the impact from the crash was so severe that Ashley Browder never had a chance.
“She had bruises of her heart, of her lungs, she had multiple tissue tears in her liver, spleen…she had a lot of bleeding in her abdomen and she had a broken right lower leg,” said OMI forensic pathologist Lori Proe said.
Proe also testified that Ashley had damage to her brain stem and wouldn’t have lived more than a few seconds after the impact.
There were a lot of tears from the Browder family during that testimony, it got so emotional that the judge ordered a recess before the next witness was brought in. Earlier the judge had already said he wouldn’t allow photos of Ashley’s body to be projected on the screen out of respect for the family.
Thursday morning there was more straightforward testimony as the jury got a physics lesson. A crash reconstruction expert testified that Casaus’ foot wasn’t on the break in the two seconds before the crash and that the off-duty cop appeared to accelerate into the intersection in his police SUV going up to 65 miles per hour at the time of impact.
“In this case, just looking at the accelerator pedal position, the speeds, the RPMs, what it looks like is coming off the brake, and getting off the gas, that two and a half seconds back,” Officer Loren Milligan said.
The speed limit at that Paseo intersection is 45. The state also called its last witness, the lead investigators in the case who said there’s no reason an officer should *ever speed through an intersection on a red light.
Friday the defense will start calling witnesses. Casaus claims he was going after a dangerous driver at the time of the crash last year but investigators say there’s no evidence that’s true.