A man is on trial over a fatal Sydney truck crash which allegedly unfolded when he was driving on a suspended licence and had taken drugs.
Moustaffa Zreika, 30, is on trial before a jury in the NSW District Court after pleading not guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
The crown prosecutor during her opening address on Thursday said Zreika was driving about 10 kilometres over the speed limit in July 2017 when he crossed to the other side of the road, hit a vehicle, mounted a gutter and struck two men gardening in front of a home in Merrylands.
One of the men was dragged across a side street, with the truck eventually crashing into the wall of a house.
One man died while the other was seriously injured.
The jury heard Zreika's truck travelled about 114 metres from the time it crossed on to the wrong side to the road to the point where it collided with the house.
The prosecutor alleged he was driving on a suspended licence and tested positive for cocaine, diazepam and high concentrations of a synthetic opioid called tramadol.
She expected the jury would hear evidence he'd been prescribed tramadol the day before, but the levels of the drug in his blood were not consistent with him taking it as directed.
He discharged himself from hospital against medical advice after the crash and was told not to drive, but within days he had applied for his licence, the prosecutor said.
She expected evidence that Zreika on his application form denied having had attacks of giddiness, blackouts or periods of unconsciousness, but that he'd had a possible seizure about 18 months earlier.
In the wake of that January 2016 episode at a Sydney hotel, he'd been given medical advice not to take cocaine, tramadol or xanax and not to drive, the jury heard.
The Crown also alleges Zreika was likely on the phone about the time the fatal 2017 events unfolded and had been sending and receiving text messages beforehand.
But Zreika's defence lawyer asked the jury not to prejudge the case and to keep an open mind until they'd heard all the evidence and closing addresses.
He said they would have to consider if his client honestly and reasonably believed it was safe for him to drive.
The trial continues.