Driver denies killing OAP with out of control' car
PUBLISHED: 17:28 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:27 12 August 2010
A 24-YEAR-OLD killed an elderly woman after his out-of-control Mercedes careered across the road and ploughed into a fence, a court heard.
A 24-YEAR-OLD killed an elderly woman after his "out-of-control" Mercedes careered across the road and ploughed into a fence, a court heard.
William Mukoro of Lushington Road, Catford, is said to have mounted the pavement in Southend Road, Beckenham, hitting 80-year-old Nancy Cassell, jurors at Croydon Crown Court heard.
The former nurse, who lived nearby in Blake House, Porchester Mead, Bec_enham, was killed instantly on May 31 last year.
The court heard that Mrs Cassell's leg was almost completely amputated - an indication of the car's high speed.
Witness Christopher Hildich, retired, said he was at the wheel of his Audi that morning with his 10-year-old son and a school friend in the back seats when his attention was drawn to the silver Mercedes coming in the opposite direction at an estimated 50mph.
He added: "It was going faster than what I would consider safe.
"The car hit the kerb with a crunching noise and went straight across the road completely out of control.
"I slammed on my brakes. My first thought was that I was going to crash. I feared for my passengers. It passed me, just missing my left wing."
He saw the car mount the pavement and strike a fence before it came to rest against a block of flats.
He added: "I saw a man get out of the car and I asked him if he was OK. He replied: 'What about the woman?'
"I didn't know there was a woman involved."
Mr Hildich spotted a pair of shoes on the pavement near the shattered fence. He went into the garden area and someone said they had found her but could trace no pulse on her.
Shop manager David Orris said the Mercedes was "flying across the road".
The jury of 11 people were taken to the scene on Tuesday before hearing evidence from PC Kevin Holloway, who described the car as "out of control".
He said the Mercedes had been driving too close to the kerb and had taken a sideways swipe at it and then went across the road on to the pavement and hit Mrs Cassell.
It continued on through foliage and down an embankment, coming to rest against the wall of a block of flats and bouncing slightly back.
He said that Mukoro may have been inexperienced with the 2.2 litre automatic saloon he was driving.
Mukoro denies a charge of death by dangerous driving.
The trial continues.