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Natsis trial continues


A woman in a crashed black SUV asked for help and a piece of gum when passersby came across the wreck on Hwy. 17 near Arnprior, the trial of Pembroke dentist Dr. Christy Natsis heard Tuesday.

Three men, on their way back from a golf trip in Winchester, Va., stopped to offer help after the driver noticed the crash in his rear view mirror.

Two of the men, Barry Young and Daniel Quinn, told a similar version of events when each man took the stand during the trial, in which Natsis has pleaded not guilty to two counts of impaired driving causing death, driving with a blood-alcohol level over 80 causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

Young testified he and Quinn left their vehicle and walked at least a hundred metres back to the crash site, approaching the black SUV first.

The men first approached the black SUV, where a “short, blond” woman was unable to get out. The woman insisted she was okay.

“She asked me if I could get her out of the vehicle,” Young said. “She said she was alright.”

Quinn testified that he could smell alcohol when he was near the woman.

When the third man, Drew Scott, arrived from the car after calling 9-1-1, Quinn testified Scott recognized the woman and heard him exclaim: “Oh my God, Christy, it’s you! What’s happened?”

“Help me, Drew,” the woman replied.

Quinn said the woman then asked Drew “if he had gum.”

Natsis was arrested at the scene, though both Young and Quinn testified they only saw her being handcuffed but didn’t hear the officer officially place her under arrest at the time.

Young described the woman as “a little shaky” and “a little uncoordinated and wobbly.” Quinn offered a similar description of the woman, though defense lawyer Michael Edelson suggested that perhaps, since the woman was said not to be wearing shoes at the time, her behaviour was the result of standing uncomfortably on the rough shoulder of the road.

Both men denied hearing any signs of slurred speech from the woman.

After checking on the woman, Young testified he went to see about the person in the other vehicle. When he approached, the man appeared to be unconscious.

“He was smashed really bad,” Young said.

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