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Monday, March 30, 1998 Published at 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK


Double death driver in court
image: [ The crash scene: The dead couple had been seeing each other for eight months ]
The crash scene: The dead couple had been seeing each other for eight months

An impatient amateur rally driver rammed a young couple into a head-on crash killing them instantly, a court has been told.

The BBC's Arabella Schadhorst reports from The Old Bailey (1'08')
The Old Bailey heard Jason Humble used his high-powered ex-police car to force the couple's Ford Fiesta across the central reservation.

Mr Humble denies the manslaughter of Toby Exley and his girlfriend Karen Martin. He has also pleaded not guilty to causing their deaths by dangerous driving.

The prosecution claim unemployed Mr Humble told police he was not driving dangerously and he considered himself to be "the best driver ever".

[ image: Karen Martin died instantly]
Karen Martin died instantly
David Perry, prosecuting said: "Toby Exley and Karen Martin died because the defendant became impatient with them.

"He used his skill as a driver - if skill it was - to nudge their car out of the way."

Mr Exley, 22, from Teddington, Middlesex, and Miss Martin, had spent the early part of the evening at a pub in Hanworth with a friend.

[ image: Second victim Toby Exley]
Second victim Toby Exley
The court heard Mr Exley had drunk half a pint of lager and Miss Martin, 20, from Twickenham, Middlesex, a soft drink.

Mr Perry said Mr Humble had 15 years of rally driving experience and was driving a 3-litre Vauxhall Senator when he rammed the Ford Fiesta from behind.

Mr Perry told the jury: "You will hear it said he could do things with motor cars that other drivers cannot do.

"You will have to consider whether one of those things was to force another car - in respect of which he became impatient because he could not get by - onto the other side of the road."

[ image: Humble arrives at Old Bailey]
Humble arrives at Old Bailey
Eyewitness Brian Gill said the Senator pushed and bumped the Fiesta three times on the A316 dual carriageway in Hanworth, west London.

Mr Gill, 40, said: "There was a screaming noise from the tyres and a lot of smoke came out.

"It went off sideways - a lot of wooden bits shot up in the air,"

Mr Gill,a teacher, admitted not actually seeing the collisions but he said he was convinced there was contact because of the movement of the vehicles.

The prosecution said Mr Humble, of Farnborough, Hampshire, was arrested two weeks after the crash on October 6 last year.

Mr Hunmble denied ramming the Fiesta and said Mr Exley had cut him up on a roundabout before braking in front of him.

The trial continues.

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