A jury has heard that a former airline pilot from Leicestershire, accused of murdering his wife, made no effort to brake, before crashing his car in to a tree. It is also alleged the passenger airbag was disabled.
53-year-old Iain Lawrence is alleged to have adopted the brace position in the crash which killed his wife Sally, who was not wearing a seatbelt.
Retired firefighter Pete Hawkins was the first to give evidence today, he told the jury at Leicester Crown Court, that he had been driving along Gartree Road in Leicestershire in October 2012 when he noticed a car had collided into a tree.
He stopped to help and said that the passenger Sally Lawrence had no obvious flesh wounds but it was "too late".
Her estranged husband Iain Lawrence has been accused of murder by deliberately crashing the car.
A collision investigator visited the scene at 7.30pm. Tim O'Donnell said that at the point of impact the car was in 5th gear and the speedometer needle was stuck at 54mph.
He told the jury that the road surface was dry and visibility was good, he said the brake light on the car was not illuminated and it appeared to him that there had been no braking.
The court was told that Mrs Lawrence was not wearing a seatbelt correctly or at all but Mr Lawrence was.
Mr O'Donnell said that an investigation on the car found that there had been no mechanical fault which could have contributed to the collision. Mr Lawrence denies murder. The trial continues