Driver on trial accused of causing death by dangerous driving

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A driver who is accused of causing the death by dangerous driving of a 21-year-old man is also alleged to have changed the appearance of his car.

Jurors have heard Scott Stokes - who had been driving a Vauxhall Zafira - denies causing the death by dangerous driving of James Horton on June 16, 2016.

And he also pleads not guilty to attempting to pervert the course justice after parts of the Zafira were allegedly altered.

At his trial on Monday (January 8), the court was told Mr Horton was a front seat passenger in a Peugeot driven by a woman, who has pleaded guilty to causing his death by dangerous driving.

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The cars had been at Nuthall Island roundabout, before being driven along Low Wood Road near Nuthall, the scene of the tragedy.

Nottingham Crown Court

Nottingham Crown Court

Prosecutor Grace Hale described how the Zafira and the Peugeot caught the eye of one driver, who was in traffic driving behind the two cars. He said and "the next thing he knew they were going off together very quickly".

She said this driver followed them and saw that the cars "pulled away very quickly from the traffic lights, entered Low Wood Road" and then he lost sight of them. He then saw the aftermath of a collision.

Nottingham Crown Court heard also heard the Peugeot had gone across the opposite carriageway and collided with a Subaru being driven by James Seaton, whose evidence was also heard in court.

Mr Seaton told the trial he saw two cars speeding up the road (on the opposite side of the carriageway), with a gold-coloured Peugeot 207 in front and a silver or grey car right behind it.

He said he thought the Peugeot had overtaken the silver or grey car. Then the Peugeot's back end skipped out slightly.

"They were travelling faster than the speed limit, quite a lot faster," he said from the witness stand.

He told Simon Eckersley, defending 38-year-old Stokes, of Portland Road, Hucknall: "I just thought he or she is losing control, and it just drew me to look at it. Then it was so fast, straight into the line of fire.

"It was so close when it lost the back end. It just drove across straight in front of me."

Mr Horton was killed on impact.

Mrs Hale said the defendant stayed at the scene and made a 999 call to the fire bridgade.

"After a few minutes he left the scene," she added.

A neighbour allegedly saw him working on his Vauxhall Zafia after the accident.

It was claimed he replaced the front bumper of the Zafira.

Mrs Hale also told the jury: "He seemed to have a problem with the driver's side front wheel and was seen to change or repair it."

The trial continues