Northampton

Driver 'hit' Lorenzo Gallucci and 'drove off', court told

Lorenzo Gallucci Image copyright Northamptonshire Police
Image caption Lorenzo Gallucci died after being hit at Rushden Splash car park

The driver of a car which ran over and killed a man after a birthday party row drove off, leaving the victim on the floor, a court heard.

Lorenzo Gallucci, 60, was one of two men hit by a car driven by Mohammed Hirsi, 27, in Rushden last September, Northampton Crown Court was told.

Mr Gallucci died of his injuries.

Mr Hirsi, from Camden, London, denies manslaughter and causing death by dangerous driving.

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The court had previously heard Mr Hirsi got into an argument with Mr Gallucci's nephew at a fancy dress party at the Band Club in Rushden and then smashed a car's rear windscreen.

Partygoers told the court a crowd followed Mr Hirsi to his car, parked near the Splash pool.

One witness, Jessica Walker, said everyone was "trying to get him to come out of the car".

She described how three men were walking towards his vehicle when it drove towards them, initially hitting one and then another.

Ms Walker said the second man remained on the bonnet while the car travelled eight to 10 feet, before he rolled off and hit the ground.

Mr Hirsi "went off straight away, everyone else went to the man on the floor," she said.

Witness Joshua Crawley said Mr Hirsi "shot off" in his car.

Nigel Bedford, who was in the crowd, told the court he tried to kick Mr Hirsi's car "to try to stop him from getting away".

The case continues.

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