Boys tell court they don't remember seeing fatal accident
TWO Alstonville boys were passengers in a car that ran down a man in front of his family home but they only remember the car smashing into a brick pillar.
Jake Hiscock told Brisbane Supreme Court he was busy trying to control two dogs fighting in the car so he did not see the moment David Eldridge went under the car's wheels, suffering fatal injuries.
He said Mr Eldridge had earlier been drinking with his girlfriend Brydee Collins, her brother Samuel, friend Jarrod Wyllie and himself at their Varsity Lakes home on July 13, 2011, but they had a huge fight and the Eldridge family, who now live on the Sunshine Coast, picked him up.
Mr Hiscock said Brydee, Samuel, Jarrod and he then followed the Eldridge family to their Alberton house to pick up a dog named Bundy.
He said there was a further confrontation where Brydee and Samuel were assaulted and then Samuel threw a vodka bottle, smashing a window of the Eldridge family car.
"David came out of the house and I saw him go to pick up something," he said.
"Suddenly we accelerated ... I heard a scraping coming from underneath the car.
"It sounded like bricks on metal scraping, then hit the pillar and continued."
Mr Wyllie said he was trying to calm the dogs down when he heard the car revving.
"Then I saw Sam's arm put it into drive and then we plunged forward," he said.
"David came out and picked up something. It looked like he was going to throw it at the car.
"Then we ran straight into the pillar of the house, smashed that, stopped and then drove out and left."
Both boys went to school with Samuel Collins who has pleaded not guilty for manslaughter or, alternatively, dangerous driving causing death.
Brydee was driving the car that killed boyfriend but a jury must decide whether Samuel, 17 at the time, is also criminally responsible for shifting an automatic gear lever from neutral to drive, causing the white Commodore to lurch forward.
Samuel's defence barrister has told the jury his client had "helped his sister" put the car into gear because she was having trouble, and he did not know which way the wheels were pointing.
Paramedic Geoffrey John Thomas told the court he noted "extensive damage" to the house and a person "up against the front of the house" when he arrived.
He said the man was lying on a pillow and had had a doona over him but he had to move him to perform CPR.
"The patient was wedged hard up against the house," he said.
The trial continues.