Last updated at 11:51 AM on 14th June 2011
A jogger who was listening to music on headphones when she was knocked down and killed by a speeding driver was unable to hear warning shouts, a court heard.
Fashion intern Elizabeth Beach-MacGeagh was unable to hear cries from onlookers just before she was hit and catapulted into the air.
The 20-year-old, who was studying history at Bristol University, was taken to hospital where she died despite an emergency operation.
Tragic: Elizabeth Beach-MacGeagh, 20, could not hear warning shouts as she had 'earphones in'
The driver, 26-year-old Aryeris
Angelis, sped off without stopping and attempted to repair his car to
cover up his crime, a jury was told.
He is said to have been travelling at 45mph in a 30mph zone.
Witness John Soer said Miss Beach-MacGeagh’s ‘body looked like it broke’ after Angelis’s BMW hit her in Barnet, North-West London, last June.
Aryeris Angelis, outside Wood Green Crown Count, where he has denied causing death by dangerous driving
Giving evidence, the van driver said: ‘I shouted at her to stop, but she couldn’t hear me because she had headphones in. Then she got hit. I heard a loud thud.
‘She went to cross the road. She looked as a silver car came past. I don’t think she saw the other car and just stepped out into the road. She must have only taken a couple of steps.
‘I saw the driver put his foot down as he came round the bend and heard a revving sound. I think she heard it too.
'She realised what was going to happen. Her face was in shock and for a split second she just froze.
‘Her body looked like it broke and she collapsed as the car hit her and ended up on the other side of the road, quite far from where she had first stepped out.’
Mr Soer said he jumped out of his van and rushed to her side, while calling an ambulance.
Jurors were told the day after the smash Angelis took his car to a garage in South London, some distance from where he lived in Bounds Green, North London, to get the damage repaired.
Miss Beach-MacGeagh was two days into a summer fashion internship at Moschino in London's West End
It was only when the mechanic who
fixed it heard appeals for witnesses to the accident to come forward
that he realised Angelis’s car could have been involved in the smash.
Angelis eventually handed himself into police, claiming he thought he had just clipped his wing mirror.
He denies one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one of perverting the course of justice.
Popular: Elizabeth Beach-MacGeagh studied history at Bristol University
Timothy Devlin, prosecuting, said: ‘Mr Angelis firstly should have avoided this collision altogether, secondly having failed to report the collision he should have stopped and investigated and thirdly, we say he deliberately arranged for his car to be repaired to conceal that he was involved with it.’
Miss Beach-MacGeagh, from Marlborough, Wiltshire, was two days into a summer internship at fashion label Moschino in central London.
The trial, at Wood Green Crown Cout in North London, continues.
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