A MAN who drove past the site of a horrific car smash on the Western Highway in 2010 remembers seeing two cars stopped in the left hand lane that were “an accident waiting to happen”,
a jury heard yesterday.
The witness, who drove past the cars only seconds before the smash that killed a 20-year-old Greenwood woman, told the jury he was forced to swerve to avoid the cars.
He recalled thinking ‘that’s going to be close for whoever is behind me’.
The jury heard that one to two seconds after thinking this, the man heard a car smash into the Mitsubishi Magna stopped behind a black Holden ute.
The ute was allegedly stopped in the left hand lane near the Myrniong off-ramp.
The smash killed the driver of the Mitsubishi Magna, Breanna Lorraine Willmott.
The drivers of both the black ute and a blue ute that allegedly smashed into the rear of Ms Willmott’s car are on trial in the County Court at Ballarat.
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 on July 19, 2010.
Stevenson is accused of crashing into the back of Ms Willmott’s stationary car, at an alleged speed of 109km/h.
A truck driver, who came across the scene after the smash, yesterday detailed the moment he saw
the Mitsubishi Magna “spinning” towards him.
He said he was forced to quickly brake and veer towards the right hand side of the highway.
Another witness said she saw the Mitsubishi Magna with its indicator on, attempting
to get out from behind the stopped black ute seconds before the smash.
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 on Monday.