A MAN behind the wheel of a Holden utility involved in a fatal collision at Lancefield in 2019 has denied he was the driver of the vehicle.
Sean Sambrooks, aged 43 at the time of the crash, was allegedly more than four times over the legal blood alcohol limit and travelling at close to 200km/h.
The vehicle was on Rochford Road about 6.50pm on Saturday, March 16, when it crashed into a tree near Collivers Road. Two men were thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. They were Timothy Cheshire, 36, and Daryl Perkins, 32, both from Kyneton.
Mr Sambrooks, of Newham, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of culpable driving. He faced the Victorian County Court on Tuesday.
Legal counsel for Mr Sambrooks, Charles Morgan, told the jury in his opening remarks that his client could not be considered the driver.
Mr Morgan said Mr Cheshire had been straddling the console - with a foot on either side - and applied pressure to the accelerator.
"My client did not have control over speed nor direction," Mr Morgan said.
The case continues today.
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