The jury has retired to consider verdict in Anthony Dixon culpable driving trial

Anthony Dixon
Anthony Dixon

A Ballarat jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a man charged over a head-on crash that killed his teenage girlfriend in Scarsdale.

Anthony Dixon, 35, is charged with culpable driving causing death over the crash that killed his passenger, Bianca Thompson, 17, on January 6 last year.

Police allege Dixon evaded police before the fatal collision, which occurred on the Glenelg Highway and Old Glenelg Highway intersection at 5pm.

Dixon was travelling an estimated speed of 50 to 55km/h at the time of impact, which involved a Toyota Hilux carrying three passengers, the court has previously been told.

The jury of four men and eight women retired to consider their verdict shortly before 1pm on Wednesday.

The trial at the County Court at Ballarat started last Tuesday and has heard from a number of witnesses, including a police acting sergeant who tried to stop Dixon driving, two people who say they narrowly avoided being hit by Dixon’s Ford Telstar and an ambulance officer who Dixon told he and Ms Thompson had been arguing before the crash and he got distracted.

Dixon has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving while being pursued by police, reckless conduct endangering persons and culpable driving causing death. 

He has pleaded guilty to the alternative charge of culpable driving, which is dangerous driving causing death. 

The trial before Judge Liz Gaynor continues.