SHORTLY before a horrific car smash that killed a Greendale woman in 2010, a man was seen getting out of his vehicle, which was stopped in the left-hand lane of the Western Highway near Myrniong, a jury heard yesterday.
A witness told the jury he saw two vehicles stopped in the left-hand lane, adding that the man from the front vehicle appeared to be waving his right arm in the air.
Breanna Lorraine Willmott, 20, died on July 19, 2010, after her Mitsubishi Magna was smashed between a utility allegedly stopped in the left-hand lane of the Western Highway and another utility allegedly travelling from behind at almost 110km/h.
The drivers of both utilities are on trial at the County Court in Ballarat over Ms Willmott’s death.
Blackwood man Travis John Dunkley-Price, 37, is accused of stopping in the left-hand lane of the Western Highway, near the Myrniong off-ramp, before Ms Willmott pulled to a stop behind him about 6.10pm.
Stevenson is accused of crashing into the back of Ms Willmott’s stationary car, at an alleged speed of 109km/h.
“They were in the left lane, not the emergency lane,” the witness told the jury. “I saw the door of the ute in front open and the dude starting to get out.”
A second witness also said he saw the two vehicles stopped in the left-hand lane.
Dunkley-Price is charged with culpable driving, while alternative charges include dangerous driving causing death, negligently causing serious injury and dangerous driving causing serious injury.
Stevenson is charged with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing serious injury.
The trial before Judge Susan Pullen continues today.