CCTV caught boy's last seconds
March 12, 2013
A camera on the flats where Harsh Dharmendra lived captured the final seconds as he crossed the pedestrian crossing to his death.
Forensic traffic expert Anthony Reading told Reading Crown Court on Thursday how he and a colleague were able to recreate the position of a cream Audi involved in the collision when Harsh came into view and to calculate the speed it was going at.
Mr Reading said it was an imperfect science but he calculated the Audi A1 was travelling at 46 mph in the bus lane when he would have been able to see the 12-year-old 10 metres ahead.
He said the driver of the Audi – Aadil Asghar – had reacted quickly but at that speed he could not have avoided hitting the boy.
Asghar, 25, of Rosedale Crescent, Earley, had admitted causing Harsh’s death by careless driving, but denies causing death by dangerous driving.
Mr Reading said the pedestrian crossing lights in King’s Road were not working on the day of the collision on Tuesday, February 21, last year, and there were no warning signs.
He said if Asghar had been travelling at between 15 and 20mph he would have been able to stop in the 10 metre distance.
If he had been travelling within the 30 mph speed limit of King’s Road he would not have been able to avoid hitting the boy but would have been able to brake and so reduce his speed considerably before impact.
Asghar is on unconditional bail. The trial continues.