A driver accused of killing a great-grandmother who was lying in the middle of the road said he mistook her for a bag of rubbish.
Jacqueline Bradnick, 71, suffered catastrophic injuries and died after being run over in Branksome, near Bournemouth, last year.
Ian Catley, also 71, was driving his Suzuki Alto when he saw a dark object on the road in front of him shortly after 11pm.
As the roads were wet, he decided not to swerve around it and instead drove straight over what he thought was a rubbish bag that had blown into the road, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.
But his car crushed Mrs Bradnick, who suffered 53 rib fractures, skull fractures and internal injuries.
The court heard Catley stopped his car when he realised he had hit something solid as ‘he expected the item to flatten’, but told police he had no idea the object in the road was a person.
He is charged with causing death by careless driving, which he has denied. Prosecutors claim Catley failed to take evasive action that other cars before him had done, resulting in the collision on January 18, 2019.
Isabel Delamere, prosecuting, told the jury Mrs Bradnick ‘appeared confused and intoxicated’ when she got off a bus after going for drinks, and was ‘staggering’ and ‘stumbling’.
The great-grandmother ended up lying flat on her back in the road – but it is not clear how this happened.
Miss Delamere told the court that a Volkswagen Touran driving in front of Catley and a BMW behind had swerved around Mrs Bradnick. Catley then drove over Mrs Bradnick, who was wearing dark clothing.
Firefighter William Dring, who was walking behind Mrs Bradnick before the incident, told the jury he heard a loud bang and saw her propelled into the air before landing on her back.
Mr Dring, who was on his way home from a night out, said that car carried on without stopping then Catley’s vehicle drove over her.
He rushed to her aid and stopped other cars behind from doing the same.
Mr Dring said: ‘I heard a really loud bang and looked up and saw something thrown into the air and shopping go all over the place.
‘She was knocked into the air, came back down and landed on her back. The first vehicle made no attempt to slow down and then a second car drove over her.’
However, Miss Delamere said none of the injuries sustained by Mrs Bradnick were ‘consistent’ with being struck by a car while stood up.
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The prosecution argued that Catley, who runs his own PR and communications company, was driving ‘without due care and attention’.
Miss Delamere said: ‘He he had time to do what the driver in front and the driver behind did and take evasive action but he didn’t.
‘He took the positive decision to drive the car over what we now know is Jackie Bradnick.
‘We’re not suggesting for one minute he knew it was her but he took the decision to drive over that person.’
Miss Delamere said a toxicology report revealed Mrs Bradnick was two-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit, while Catley provided a negative breath test.
The prosecution said that Catley’s vehicle did not have any defects and he was believed to be respecting the 30mph speed limit.
The trial continues.
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