Car hor­ror re­called

Wit­ness says man had to do ‘Su­per­man’ jump to avoid ve­hi­cle

The Northern Star - - NATION -

HOR­RIFIC ac­counts of pedes­tri­ans des­per­ately try­ing to avoid be­ing struck dur­ing the Bourke St ram­page have emerged in court, with one man do­ing a ‘Su­per­man’ jump away as the car clipped his legs.

So­lic­i­tor Joshua Bal­dacchino told ac­cused killer James Gar­ga­soulas’ mur­der trial he had just fin­ished lunch with a friend in Hard­ware Lane when he saw the ma­roon Holden Com­modore, be­ing driven by a man with a cig­a­rette in his mouth, plough­ing into a group of peo­ple about 1.40pm.

“Peo­ple were shriek­ing,” Mr Bal­dacchino told the Supreme Court jury.

“The car hit them just like in­sects, thud, thud, thud, thud, peo­ple be­ing thrown in the air.”

Aaron Jensen also de­scribed the “hor­rific” scenes.

“It all hap­pened so quickly. Firstly, it hit a per­son, a man. He went fly­ing over the ve­hi­cle,” Mr Jensen said.

“Then sec­onds later he hit an­other per­son. I just couldn’t be­lieve it was hap­pen­ing.

“You could hear the peo­ple scream­ing. It was quite hor­rific.

“I went into shock and didn’t know what to do.”

The NAB banker said he saw one woman des­per­ately try­ing to squash her­self up against a build­ing wall to avoid the car, but was hit.

“I saw an­other man do a Su­per­man jump away from the car but the car clipped his legs,” Mr Jensen said.

“I re­mem­ber see­ing the des­per­a­tion in his eyes to get away.”

Mr Jensen was first alerted to the dan­ger ap­proach­ing when he heard sirens.

“I first heard the sound of sirens and ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling quite quickly. I turned around and ex­pected to see a fire truck but it was a car on the foot­path,” he said.

“I still re­mem­ber to this day the sound of the peo­ple be­ing hit.”

The trial, be­fore Jus­tice Mark Wein­berg, con­tin­ues.

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