A Sydney truck driver was seen removing clothing from underneath his vehicle and throwing it in a bin after he fatally struck a woman on a pedestrian crossing, a jury has heard.
It's alleged Emmanuel Xiberras didn't stop when he struck Jo-Ann Thwaites at a Brookvale intersection, with the 61-year-old's clothing stripped as she was dragged below his Lilydale chicken truck.
The 38-year-old is on trial in the NSW District Court after pleading not guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death, and failing to stop and assist after the crash on the morning of May 20.
In his opening address on Tuesday, Crown prosecutor Roger Kimbell said he expected evidence that Ms Thwaites stumbled as she walked across the pedestrian crossing.
She put her hand out to try and stop herself but fell and went under a wheel of Xiberras' truck.
One witness is expected to say he saw the vehicle jolt and heard a single scream, the jury heard.
The prosecutor said Ms Thwaites' body was dragged for some distance before she dropped onto the road and was struck by a second vehicle.
He said several people later saw Xiberras removing or trying to remove what looked like clothing underneath his refrigerated Isuzu truck.
One witness is expected to give evidence that she saw him put it in a plastic bag and put it in "what she describes as a big council bin", Mr Kimbell said.
He alleged that if Xiberras was paying attention he would have seen Ms Thwaites on the crossing, and that he didn't stop when he knew or ought to have known what had happened.
But defence barrister Richard Pontello said Xiberras stopped and looked both ways before driving onto the crossing.
He said in his opening address that in circumstances where Ms Thwaites tripped and fell into his client's truck, there was nothing he could have done to avoid the tragedy.
When Xiberras felt a bump he thought he'd hit rubbish, and in his mind that suspicion was confirmed when he looked under his vehicle and saw what he thought were cloth rags.
"He had absolutely no idea that he had hit a person ... and he had no reason to think that he had done so," Mr Pontello said.
"The only reason that he disposed of what turned out to be Ms Thwaites' clothing is that he thought he'd run over rubbish only."
The trial continues.