One of the men in the back seat, Grant Taylor, said he had heard one of the other passengers in the car saying "whoa, slow down dude" to Mitchell in the moments before the smash.I expect if you had a voice recorder going in most high-speed crashes you’d get something pretty similar in all of them…
Knight told jurors he had seen "eyes" that he believed were those of "a deer or a fox" in the undergrowth beside the road when he swerved, and had been travelling "between 65 and 70mph" at the time of the collision.
"I saw what I believed to be an animal or eyes at the side of the road," he said.
"I was surprised, shocked. Then I pulled the steering wheel over to the right."And why would you be ‘surprised and shocked’?
Knight said he had become depressed following the crash, and attempted to take his own life.They always attempt it, but it’s funny how they never seem to succeed, isn’t it? You could be forgiven for thinking it was just a ploy for sympathy.
Asked if his driving had fallen "far below" the standard of careful driving, he replied: "Absolutely not. "It was not dangerous driving."
Prosecuting, Andy Houston said there were road signs warning of animals in the road for three miles placed a mile-and-a-half away from the scene of the crash.
"The speed limit is 60mph and you have accepted that you drove between 65and 70mph - do you still maintain you have done nothing wrong?" he asked. Knight replied: "I didn't see it as dangerous.
"It wasn't a dangerous speed for that sort of road. It was completely straight."/facepalm