A BLACKWOOD man, accused of stopping in the left-hand lane of the Western Freeway before a fatal 2010 car smash, made a phone call one minute before the smash occurred, a jury heard yesterday.
A police witness told the jury Travis John Dunkley-Price, 37, made and received four phone calls before and after the smash, which killed 20-year-old Greendale woman Breanna Lorraine Willmott.
Giving evidence in the seventh day of the dual-person trial, Detective Leading Senior Constable Simon Cusack said phone records revealed the outgoing call at 6.09pm on July 19, 2010. Police estimate the smash occurred at 6.10pm.
Ms Willmott was killed after her Mitsubishi Magna was smashed between Dunkley Price’s utility and another utility from behind allegedly travelling at almost 110km/h.
Dunkley-Price and Brett John Stevenson, 25, are on trial at the County Court in Ballarat, charged over Ms Willmott’s death.
Another witness told the jury that crash data from Stevenson’s blue utility showed the vehicle was increasing in speed when it hit the back of Ms Willmott’s Mitsubishi Magna.
The jury was shown further evidence from Dunkley-Price’s record of interview with police on July 23, 2010. In the video interview, Dunkley-Price told police he regularly pulled over on the side of the freeway to make and receive phone calls because he could not get reception at his house.
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.