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Driver denies chasing car that caused crash

A MOTORIST was adamant he was not chasing another car moments before a road traffic accident in Swansea that led to a man needing to have part of his foot amputated.

Suki Kullar was arrested after motorcyclist Paul McIntyre was seriously injured when a car jumped a red light at Dyfatty lights, jurors at Swansea Crown Court have heard .

Mr McIntyre was struck by a Vauxhall Zafira and the prosecution case is that the Zafira, driven by Mark James Jones, and the BMW X5 being driven by Kullar had been in a race along Carmarthen Road.

According to the crown, there had been friction between the occupants of the two cars as a result of an incident at Fforestfach lights.

Kullar, 18, of Ffordd y Morfa, Cross Hands, denies dangerous driving.

The court has heard how CCTV cameras captured a "devastating" collision on December 11, 2010, as Mr McIntyre rode his motorcycle through Dyfatty lights after travelling along Dyfatty Street at 10.45pm.

Mr McIntyre needed to have part of his left foot amputated after being struck by the Zafira when it went through a red light on its way down Carmarthen Road.

The driver of the Zafira, 31-year-old Jones, of West Street, Gorseinon, has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

The prosecution case is that the accident happened when Jones was being "chased and intimidated" by Kullar, who had allegedly driven dangerously along Carmarthen Road from Fforestfach lights.

The crash happened when Kullar had followed the Vauxhall "closely and aggressively", said prosecuting barrister Janet Gedrych.

She told the court that before the trial began Kullar and his 19-year-old brother Jasjit Kullar, also of Ffordd y Morfa, had pleaded guilty to a joint charge of perverting the course of justice by falsely claiming that Jasjit Kullar had been driving the BMW when in fact the driver had been Suki Kullar. Giving evidence yesterday, Suki Kullar admitted that on the night in question he was unlicensed and uninsured.

He had persuaded his brother to let him drive the BMW when they travelled from their parents' pub — The Glamorgan Arms in Pontlliw — to fetch a takeaway meal in Swansea.

Kullar said that at Fforestfach lights the Zafira was flashing its lights and a woman passenger threw a potato wedge at the BMW.

Later, when the Zafira was in front of the BMW, it began accelerating and braking sharply and so Kullar flashed the BMW's lights at it.

"I was a little bit annoyed with him," he said.

Kullar said that as the cars approached Dyfatty lights the Zafira was doing about 50mph when it went through on red.