A DRIVER mowed down and killed an Army veteran moments after speeding off laughing as he tried to exchange details after a crash, a court heard today.
Dario Carboni, 25, is accused of deliberately running over former paratrooper Kenneth Kiley, 75, as he tried to get his insurance details.
The pensioner was a passenger in a Toyota Yaris driven by his wife, Marion Kiley, when a Vauxhall Corsa allegedly driven by Carboni collided with them at a roundabout.
As the Yaris spun 180C, the Corsa drove off with the occupants “laughing”, jurors at Bristol Crown Court heard.
Kenneth then got out on foot with a pen and paper in his hand to find the car and exchange details, it was said.
Just minutes later, witnesses heard a vehicle accelerating followed by the sound of a man screaming and a “massive dull thud” as the veteran was fatally injured.
Jurors were told he was left lying face down in the road bleeding heavily from his head and verbally unresponsive.
‘CASE OF MURDER’
He was rushed to hospital but with multiple injuries including a skull fracture but died on July 9 last year.
Carboni denies murder, manslaughter and death by dangerous driving – claiming the Corsa was not being driven by him but by Patrick Cunnington – who was also in the car at the time.
Prosecutor Adam Feest said: “This is a case of murder.
“Carboni had plenty of time to see Mr Kiley, no matter at what point he stepped off the pavement.
“Evidence will show he made no effort to brake or swerve to avoid such an obvious obstruction in the road.
“He deliberately accelerated towards his victim.
“Anyone doing so must have had the intention to kill them or cause them serious harm.”
Jurors were told the Corsa was abandoned in a nearby street where Carboni and Cunnington were seen running away.
There was blood visible on the car’s windscreen while hair was embedded in a dent, it was said.
Carboni and Cunnington were later arrested and the former admitted he was the driver in the first crash at the roundabout despite not having a licence.
The jury were told he has already pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified.
Kenneth’s devastated family released a statement after his death, calling him a “kind, warm, gentle and unassuming family man”.
The statement said: “Ken had recently supported his wife to recover from a serious illness and they were looking forward to continuing to enjoy their well-earned retirement, travelling the world with friends and spending time with his family.
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“He was so happy to give away his daughter-in-law when she married his son last summer and was so looking forward to being a grandfather.
“Ken’s death has shocked and devastated his wife, family and friends, and will leave an enormous hole in all our lives.”
The trial continues.