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Day 2: Jerod Green Murder Trial

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's case moved from what lead to the Sgt. Todd May and Jerod Green meeting on Interstate 79 in the early hours of February 17, and into what happened once they did.

The Crash

Sgt. Todd May almost avoided the collision that ended his life, according to the accident re-constructionist.

Pennsylvania State Police Lt. John Weaver told Jerod Green's jury that May almost evaded Green's pickup, but Green swerved into May's escape path on I-79 and caused the fatal crash.

Weaver was on the stand for roughly two hours Tuesday afternoon, going over diagrams and photographs of the crash site near the on-ramp at Mt. Morris, Pa. and data collected from Green's truck and May's Jeep.

Weaver testified that Green was going 98 miles an hour by the time he could have seen May's cruiser with it's emergency lights flashing headed north along the southbound burm. Instead of using three clear lanes of the highway, Weaver told the jury Green headed straight for May's Jeep.

Weaver said data from Green's pickup showed he never hit the brakes before the crash. Weaver said marks left on the pavement after the crash show that May swerved hard to the left to avoid Green, but that Green then steered to his right, into May's escape path.

If Green had kept going straight into the median, "There's no collision," Weaver said.

The Injuries

There was a collision, though, and the result was violent and deadly.

The jury heard the 911 call made after the crash, and heard from the EMS crew that tried to save May's life.

After he was pronounced dead at Ruby Memorial Hospital, May's body was sent to Charleston for an autopsy by the state medical examiner, Dr. James Kaplan. Kaplan testified by video Tuesday that May suffered major lacerations to his brain, consistent with a high-speed collision.

Kaplan called May's injuries "incompatible with life."

The jury saw autopsy photos of May's head injuries. Those photos were not shown to the entire court, but it was still difficult for May's friends and family, who crowded the courtroom once again.

During cross examination, Dr. Kaplan said May was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, and said that may have saved his life.

Green's lawyer indicated in his opening remarks that Green wasn't guilty of murder because May drove into his path. The third day of the trial will begin with his cross-examination of Cpl. Weaver.

For more on Green's trial, click here.

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