Friend gives evidence in Dubai road rage case

Man tells court he yelled at friends to 'watch out', witnesses tell of seeing woman hit by Hummer.
By Amy Glass
Thu 04 Sep 2008 12:48 PM

A friend of the British woman killed in an alleged road rage attack told a Dubai criminal court on Thursday of the moments before she was struck.

Katherine Wood died after she was allegedly hit by a white Hummer vehicle while out celebrating her birthday in Garhoud on May 30.

The driver, an Emirati man aged in his 20's, has been charged with the premeditated murder of Mrs Wood, the attempted murder of her husband and damaging public and private property. The accused has denied all charges.

The male friend told the court he was part of the group which arrived at the Aviation Club in a taxi, with the vehicle blocking the road.

The Emirati, 22, is alleged to have blown his horn and flashed the vehicle’s full beam lights at the taxi.

After an angry exchange between Emirati, the taxi driver and himself, the friend told the court he saw the Hummer mount the curb at drive at himself, and Wood’s husband.

“I jumped to the side…I yelled to Kate and Jeff (husband) to watch out, Kate fell to the left…into the gutter where the accused backed over her,” he said under oath.

The Hummer then drove off, he said. Mrs Wood is believed to have died in an ambulance en route to Rashid Hospital.

When asked why he thought the reason for the Hummer driver’s actions, the friend said: “He was enraged that we were blocking the road. We took too long to pay and get out of the taxi. That’s the only reason I can think of.”

A witness to the accident also gave evidence during the court session, saying he saw the Hummer hit the taxi passengers, and then reverse back over Mrs Wood.

The case has been adjourned until September 18.

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