‘I saw a man’s head by my front tire and just started screaming’
A woman charged with running over twin brothers told Supreme Court she didn't see the men until after the impact.
Tracey Pitt, 51, has denied several offences in connection to an early morning collision on January 29, 2012, that seriously injured 36-year-old Randolph and Rudolph Smith.
As her trial continued yesterday, Ms Pitt herself took the stand, telling the court that at around 10pm on January 28 she left her home in Paget and went to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess to listen to live music with a friend.
After arriving at the hotel, she said she had a glass of pinot noir, and ordered another around an hour later.
Ms Pitt said she chatted with friends and danced until the live music ended, and then went to another table to talk with other friends.
After a while she left the hotel, dropped off a friend and began to drive home.
She said she was driving along Woodlands Road when she saw a car in the opposite lane with it's high beams on.
“The closer I got the more intense the glare in my eyes,” she said. “Before I knew it, I hit something. I put on brakes and I got out of the car.
“I went to the front of my car and I saw a man's head [by] the front tire of my car. I just started screaming.”
She said she got back into her car and reversed a short distance. When she did, she saw there were two men in the road in front of the vehicle.
“I saw one's head was near the centre line on the right and the other one's head was near the side walk and their legs were facing in towards each other,” she said. “I just became hysterical and I started screaming and screaming.
“I called 911 and I said there were two people in the road. That I was driving my car and I felt like I hit something and I said to hurry, to send an ambulance. I thought they were dead.
“I didn't see them. I didn't really know what to think. I didn't understand why they would be there. I was trying to figure out what was happening.”
After making the call, she said she waited by her car until police arrived on the scene and went to assist the men. One officer, PC Tavoris Douglas, asked her if she had seen the accident, and she responded that she was driving when she felt an impact and found the men in the road.
The officer then asked Ms Pitt if she had been drinking, and she told him she had two glasses of red wine.
“He asked if I would do a breathalyser test and I said yes because I knew I wasn't drunk, I wasn't impaired,” she said.
Ms Pitt said she recalled the officer handcuffing her and arresting her under suspicion of driving while impaired, but didn't recall being cautioned before being driven to Hamilton Police Station.
“I was still trying to figure out what happened,” she said. “I was still in distress. I was still in shock. The whole thing was very traumatising.”
She said at the station she was told she was being held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm by impaired driving, and began to ask if she needed a lawyer after being told anything she said could be used against her.
Ms Pitt said after making several requests, an officer called lawyer Victoria Pearman, but got a voicemail. At that point, she was again ordered to give a breath sample and agreed.
“I was hesitant, but I was still willing to do it,” she said.
The trial continues this morning.