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Tuesday, March 31, 1998 Published at 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK


Death crash driver admits anger
image: [ Jason Humble: Self-confessed 'best driver' ]
Jason Humble: Self-confessed 'best driver'

An amateur rally driver accused of killing two people by ramming them off the road has admitted he was angry because the other vehicle would not let him overtake, a court has heard.

Jason Humble, 33 said he thought the other driver was trying to annoy him by not letting him past.

Mr Humble denies the manslaughter of Ford Fiesta driver Toby Exley, 33, and his girlfriend Karen Martin, 20. He also denies causing their deaths by dangerous driving on the A316, near Twickenham, west London.

The prosecution allege Mr Humble, of Farnborough, Hampshire, used his powerful Vauxhall Senator to force Mr Exley's vehicle across the dual carriageway central reservation into the path of an oncoming car.

On the second day of the Old Bailey trial, the jury heard Mr Humble's interviews with police.

He told police: "In no way did I ram him. I never meant to hurt them at all - I never even knew them.

"I just became frustrated with him - why wouldn't he let me past? There was no sense in it."

Mr Humble said he thought the Fiesta driver was showing off and was "just a wind-up person."

He said: "It did annoy me, but I did not ram him or anything. I sat behind him at a safe distance and flashed him, but he ignored me.

"I came up fairly close. I just wanted him to see I was there. Then he slammed his brakes on - the brake lights went on."

Mr Humble, who described himself to police as "the best driver ever", said it was obvious that Mr Exley was trying to hold him up.

The trial continues.

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