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High-powered car was travelling at 95mph just minutes before crash that killed young Island vet, court told

Theresa Wade, left, with sisters Louise and Rosie.
Theresa Wade, left, with sisters Louise and Rosie.

A high-powered car that crashed into a van, killing a young island vet, was travelling at 95mph just minutes before the crash, a court heard.

Thomas Wainwright’s Maserati collided with Theresa Wade’s vehicle on Mull.

Wainwright, 27, denies causing the death of island vet Miss Wade on the A 849 near to Craignure on October 28, 2015, by driving dangerously on the wrong side of the road and under the influence of alcohol.

He also denies failing to provide a breath test.

At his trial at the High Court in Glagsow yesterday, claims manager Nicholas Street, 51, told how he extracted the information from a black box in the high-powered car.

Mr Street told prosecutor Tim Niven-Smith that the speed recorded by the car just before 8pm on October 28, 2015 was 95.51mph.

He was asked by Mr Niven-Smith did the car then decrease its sped to 90.19mph and then to 69.05mph and replied: “Yes.”

The court heard that the next recorded reading at 8.01pm was 0mph.

Mr Niven-Smith then asked: “We know that the Maserati was involved in a collision on this road does this give an indication of the speed at or about the time of the collision,” and Mr Street replied: “Yes 69.05mph.”

The prosecutor said: “If the person identified as the driver said they were driving at 55mph that is not consistent with the data,” and Mr Street replied: “No, it’s not.”

The black box was installed in the Maserati by hire company Sixt. Wainwright hired the car from them at Edinburgh Airport before driving to Mull.

Earlier, Constable Sharon Carr told of arriving at the crash scene at about 8.20pm.

She said: “I saw the Maserati had extensive damage and the white van was on the verge in a ditch.”

Constable Carr said that Wainwright was sitting on the ground with his head in his hands and the other occupant of the Maserati, Jerome Lopez, was standing in the road.

The police officer told the jury that a member of the ambulance crew at the scene told her Miss Wade was dead.

The road was closed and specialist police officers from Oban were brought over by the lifeboat crew and arrived on the scene at 2.50am.

Later, the trial heard that accused Thomas Wainwright told police he was driving when the fatal collision took place.

Sergeant Jamie Toal said that he went by ambulance to Craignure Hospital with Wainwright and Mr Lopez and after being given permission by the doctor who examined them he asked who was driving the Maserati.

Sgt Toal told the jury: “I asked Thomas Wainwright. I said I wanted to ascertain the driver of the car about 8pm on October 28, 2015.”

Prosecutor Tim Niven-Smith asked: “What did Mr Wainwright say,” and Sgt Toal replied: “He said ‘It was me.”

The court was told that Wainwright declined to give a breath test claiming he had a sore chest.

The trial before Judge John Morris QC continues.

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