BRECKSVILLE, OH (WOIO) - The man accused of hitting five cyclists, killing two of them, in Brecksville last September was in court on Wednesday.
For the first time, we learned 42-year-old Timothy Wolf appears to have been texting around the time he hit the cyclists at the intersection of Snowville and Dewey roads.
Henry Lipian, a crash reconstructionist and former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, testified about the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.
"The primary contact damage with the truck was at the left front. So, Mr. Billings was at the position of the left front of the truck at the time of first contact and maximum engagement. See where Mr. Billings bike is at at final rest?" explained Lipian.
That is where 33-year-old Matthew Billings died. One of the other cyclists, 52-year-old James Lambert, was struck and died a few days later.
The group of cyclists were traveling eastbound on Snowville at Dewey with the sun behind them. The truck, driven by Wolf, was traveling westbound into the sun on Snowville and made a left turn onto Dewey in front of the bikes, which caused the deadly, chain-reaction crash.
"Do you have an opinion to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty whether these cyclists were traveling at a speed that was reasonable for the conditions present at that time, including, but not limited to, the debilitating sun glare that was known to be directly behind them?" attorney Hector Martinez asked the expert witness.
"35 mph or around 35 mph, based on the elements of your hypothetical, in particular, as they were approaching an intersection. I think that's too fast for conditions, given all the elements of your hypothetical," responded Lipian.
At that point, a female family member of one of the victims jumped up and walked quickly out of the courtroom in tears, visibly upset.
Lipian continued to testify saying, "you have some of the bicycles leaving physical skid marks, evidence of evasive action. With five bicycles involved, obviously, two of the bicycles did not leave any physical evidence. You do have the issue of sun glare."
Wolf faces two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of wanton disregard of public safety.
His trial is expected to continue on Thursday.
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