BMW road-rage driver kills two
Adam Trueman, 20, and Hayley Walton, 22, were killed in the incident when their Ford Fiesta fishtailed off the road and collided with a tree.
Witnesses to the crash in Coventry saw Trueman and the second driver, Anthony Wells, 52, arguing at a pedestrian crossing during December 2011. Moments later Wells accelerated past Mr Trueman and applied the brakes, the trial heard.
Witnesses told the court this act of road rage may have caused Mr Trueman to lose control of his vehicle, striking the tree side on. The crash was so severe Police say the two ends of the Fiesta were almost touching.
Shortly after the crash, Coventry police appealed for the driver of a white BMW to come forward. Wells was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving, which he denies.
Speaking to the court, Prosecutor James Dunstan admitted that there was room for criticism of the way Mr Trueman was driving, but that "the reality of this case is it's more about road rage rather than two drivers trying to drive faster than one another."
One witness saw the two cars so close to each other shortly before the crash, they were almost touching. Another driver told the court he saw the defendant drive down a nearby cul-de-sac before leaving a short moment later.
"This was a rage-fuelled incident between two cars," Mr Dunstan said. "The BMW was next seen at about 2am the next morning at an address in Tile Hill. It was registered to Mr Wells' wife.
"Four days after the incident police went to the address to make enquiries about the car. Mr Wells came to the door and told police he had been on London Road at the time."
The trial, at Leamington Crown Court, continues.