He Called It A Tragic Accident. On a May evening in 1998, the idyllic marriage of wealthy Lake Tahoe couple Peter and Rinette Bergna ended in a crush of metal as their truck plunged 800 feet down a Sierra-Nevada mountainside. Peter was thrown from the vehicle and lived. Rinette, strapped in her seat, died on impact. In time, the grieving widower would meet a new woman, and put the tragic past behind him. Two-and-a-half years later, his life took another fateful turn... Authorities Called It A Crime. Bergna, esteemed art appraiser and son of one of California's most prominent attorneys, was indicted for the murder of his wife. Was Rinette's death really an accident-or deliberate homicide to free a controlling killer from a financially and emotionally trying marriage? The contradictory twists and turns of the case resulted in a hung jury. But it was the second trial that would yield even more surprises as a divided community waited for the final stunning verdict.... pedal, the defense said it had evidence that the kind of truck Bergna drove, a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup, had in fact a history of brake component failures. ... the press that in the case of Bergnaa#39;s truck, it was a problem with the vacuum booster that had caused the brakes to give out. ... In the end, lawyers picked a five-man, seven-woman jury, and on Friday, May 10, 2002ajust a few weeks shy of the four-anbsp;...
|Title||:||Over the Edge|
|Publisher||:||Macmillan - 2004-11-02|