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Twin brothers were struck and dragged by car, court hears

Twin brothers struck by a car in an early morning collision were dragged several feet along Woodlands Road following the impact, according to prosecutors.

Tracey Pitt, 51, from Devonshire, has denied six offences in connection to the incident, including two counts of causing grievous bodily harm by driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Her trial began in Supreme Court yesterday, with prosecutor Takiyah Burgess telling the court twin brothers Randolph and Rudolph Smith were walking home from Hamilton at around 2.20am when they were struck near the junction of Canal Road and Woodlands Road.

“The defendant was driving her vehicle into town,” she said. “We say she had been drinking prior to driving.

“As she passed Butterfield and Vallis she struck the two and dragged them quite a distance before she rolled back on them.”

Police arrived at the scene minutes later and took Ms Pitt to the Hamilton Police Station for questioning. While there, Ms Burgess said the defendant admitted to drinking two glasses of red wine and refused to give a sample of her breath.

The prosecutor said the jury might hear during evidence that the complainants were in the street when they were struck “skylarking”.

Civilian forensic support unit officer Michelle Perinchief was the first witness called by the Crown. She told the court she arrived at the scene of the crash just before 4am and took several pictures of the area.

A collection of the images were shown to the jury showing the car stationary on Woodlands Road south of the intersection with Canal Road.

Ms Perinchief highlighted several items in the pictures, including damage to the front and underside of the car and “apparent blood and flesh”.

She also pointed out long scrapes in the road both in front of and behind the car, along with traces of fabric inside the scrapes.

She said lighting on the road was “fair”, but poor for the purposes of photography.

During cross-examination, defence lawyer Victoria Pearman noted several dark photographs, questioning Ms Perinchief about the lights in the area, but she told the court none of the pictures accurately depicted the amount of light at the scene.

The trial is set to continue in Supreme Court this morning.

Tracey Pitt, has denied six offences in connection to the incident, including two counts of causing grievous bodily harm by driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

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Published August 22, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 22, 2013 at 1:31 am)

Twin brothers were struck and dragged by car, court hears

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