Party ends in death
A BELATED Australia Day party turned to tragedy when a drunk truck driver allegedly drove his "prime mover" over his brother's fiance in a Burpengary street.
Damien Lee Turnbull, 32, had been drinking jovially with his brothers and their friends all afternoon and evening on January 29 last year.
He and his soon-to-be sister-in-law Debora Leahy were mucking around like a "brother and sister".
But something changed after they started drinking shots of American Honey and Amarillo liqueurs.
Turnbull pleaded not guilty in Brisbane District Court yesterday to dangerous driving causing death while intoxicated.
Crown prosecutor Sam Bain said Ms Leahy told Turnbull he was hurting her when he grabbed her wrist. He said Turnbull walked off and started up his truck.
"Deborah Leahy and Colin Wilcox (a friend) have then gone to the front of the house and attempted to stop (Turnbull) from driving away," Mr Bain said.
Her said Ms Leahy stood about two metres in front of the truck in the headlights and Mr Wilcox was to her side.
He said Mr Wilcox then tried to get into the truck, but Turnbull pulled the door shut and locked it.
Wilcox, 52, broke down when he described finding Ms Leahy in the middle of the road a short time later.
"I was just trying to get Damien's attention by tapping on the window," the fellow truck driver said.
"Damien started to drive away so after a couple of feet, I just jumped off the step. When the truck went past me ... I was looking around for her and I couldn't see her."
Mr Bain said Turnbull had a 0.118% BAC about 3.5 hours after the crash and a medical officer would tell the court it would have been up to 0.209%.
The trial continues.