The son of a Sydney woman fatally struck by a chicken truck on a pedestrian crossing in 2016 has told a court he offered to drive her home that day, but she wanted to walk.
Nicholas Thwaites gave evidence on Wednesday in the NSW District Court jury trial of truck driver Emmanuel Xiberras.
Xiberras, 38, has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death and failing to stop and assist after the Brookvale crash that killed Jo-Ann Thwaites on May 20.
Mr Thwaites told the court his 60-year-old mother had dropped her car off to be serviced that morning and he offered to drive her home, but she wanted to walk and do some shopping.
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“She just bought some new exercise clothes that she was trying to fit into,” Mr Thwaites said.
“She was really just excited to get back into a lot of exercise, she was quite fit for her age.”
He said he later heard over the radio there had been a traffic incident in Brookvale, so he avoided the area.
When he returned to his mother’s home and she was not there, Mr Thwaites said he got “this extremely sick feeling in the stomach and panicked” when she did not answer his call.
The jury heard Mr Thwaites went to the scene just 200 or 300 metres away, where police told him what had happened.
The trial continues.