Published: 00:01, 08 May 2014 |
The moment a Folkestone teenager died after losing control of his car at high speed has been captured on CCTV.
The footage- from a nearby house on the A20 – showed the Peugeot, driven by 19-year-old Dale West, ploughing into a parked lorry.
The prosecution has alleged that Mr West and his motorcycle pal James Kirkham were racing when the tragic accident happened in April last year.
"Mr Fisher estimated the defendant’s speed at least double the 60 mph speed limit. He said that Mr West was trying to keep up.
"Mr Fisher estimated the defendant’s speed at least double the 60 mph speed limit. He said that Mr West was trying to keep up" - prosecutor Paul Valder
“He would later tell the police that although he accelerated he couldn’t catch up (with the car and motorcycle) and told police that they must have been going at one hell of a speed", he claimed.
A motorist travelling in the opposite direction later told officers that an oncoming car “flashed by him at very high speed”.
Mr Valder added: “He travels that road regularly and said he had never before seen a car drive along there at that speed before.
"He said there a motor cycle directly behind the car and he formed the view they were either together or were racing each other.”
The prosecutor said the driver was so shocked that he lost control of his own vehicle and it ended up facing the opposite way.
Mr Valder added: “In his view the defendant was going irresponsibly fast.”
The trial continues.
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