A 21-year-old man has gone on trial over a vehicle rollover last September which claimed the life of his 22-year-old schoolmate.
Tom Davies has pleaded not guilty in the District Court to dangerous driving occasioning the death of his friend Riley Dewar in a fatal vehicle rollover near York on September 26.
Opening the State's case, prosecutor Amanda Burrows said it would be alleged Mr Davies took a bend on Talbot Road too quickly before losing control of his Toyota Landcruiser.
She said it would also be alleged that Mr Davies was lighting a cigarette.
Ms Burrows also told the jury that Talbot Road had a speed limit of 110 km/h and Mr Davies told police he estimated he wasn't driving faster than 90km/h.
The jury was told the two schoolmates had spent the day fishing for yabbies and four wheel driving at Mr Davies' cousin's farm.
Mr Davies admitted he had about five or six cans of beer during the day.
He was airlifted to hospital and a blood test revealed he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.031.
Defence lawyer Patrick Mugliston said that in Mr Davies' second police interview, he denied he was lighting a cigarette before the car rolled.The trial is expected to finish later this week.