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Friend who witnessed crash that killed Sophia Naismith testifies at driver’s trial

Three teenage girls

The best friend of a girl murdered by a rampaging Lamborghini has told an Adelaide court of the last moments they spent together before the sports car “spinned and came towards them diagonally”.

Alexander Campbell, 37, is on trial after pleading not guilty to killing Sophia Naismith and injuring Jordyn Callea through dangerous driving.

Ms Callea said at trial that she and Sophia spent time that evening at her home, a fast food restaurant, on the tram and in Glenelg, before deciding to walk to the bus intersection to visit another friend’s house.

The court heard there was “barely any traffic” when the two girls walked down Morphett Road in the south western suburbs of Adelaide around 9pm.

A young woman walks outside a courthouse with two elderly women and a young man.  They all wear red bows tied to their tops.
Jordyn Callea (center) was injured in the crash that killed her best friend Sophia Naismith. (ABC news: Claire Campbell)

Ms Callea told the court the last thing she could remember was a dark-colored car “zooming” past them as they walked side by side before a white Lamborghini approached.

“It almost felt like it stopped diagonally in front of us, turned around for a bit and then came towards us,” she told the court.

The now 18-year-old said she didn’t remember anything else until she woke up lying on the floor in the parking garage.

“There was an immediate shock, I didn’t really know what was going on, I was on the floor,” she told the court.

“I moved my head and looked at what was going on.”

The court heard that she saw Sophia lying on the ground about five or six meters away behind the white Lamborghini.

Ms Callea broke her foot, suffered several bruises, cuts and a concussion in the crash.

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Sophia Naismith was killed when the Lamborghini hit her while she was walking on the sidewalk.(Delivered)

The trial also heard from Kerry Zerillo, who saw the crash, but told the court she was unaware at the time that pedestrians had been hit.

She told the court that she had followed the Lamborghini and a black car side by side on Morphett Road about five minutes before the crash.

“He took off very quickly and the car swung into the bushes…to the sidewalk.

“I slowed down. I looked in the store he came in, and he had opened his car door and I noticed the driver was okay.”

Another motorist driving in the opposite direction told the court he heard the tires squeak and saw the lights of the Lamborghini “go off the road” in his rear-view mirror when it crashed.

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Alexander Campbell is on trial in Adelaide court for the crash that killed teenager Sophia Naismith.(ABC news: Claire Campbell)

Friends of the driver give proof

Two friends of Mr Campbell, who had attended a car show together that evening and were traveling in convoy back to the northern suburbs, also gave evidence.

Adam Gabriel – who was a passenger in the car driving alongside Campbell’s Lamborghini – told the court that they were “driving at the speed limit”, were not driving erratically and that he did not hear any heavy acceleration from the Lamborghini.

“We passed about 100 meters (the Chinese restaurant) and Simon asked where Alex was and I looked in the mirror and I couldn’t see him,” he told the court.

“And then I heard a bang, and I wasn’t sure if it was Simon’s car, so … we made a U-turn, then we ran into the accident.

“It just sounded unusual.”

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The Lamborghini climbed the curb, hit the two teenage pedestrians and then crashed into a restaurant. (ABC news)

The court heard that Mr Gabriel was removing tablecloths from the restaurant and covering Mrs Callea because it was a cold night.

Another “close friend” of Mr Campbell, Joel Armstrong, told the court that his friend drove “lawfully and respectfully” that night and never speeded.

Four witnesses told the court they had seen the white Lamborghini lose control and “fishtail” hours earlier at a busy intersection in north Adelaide.

But a witness, Robert Hay, said it sounded like the car lost a little traction and overcorrected, but the driver didn’t lose control or fishtail.

The trial for Judge Paul Muscat continues.