Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Ferrari death crash driver 'sorry' over seatbelts

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Image caption Alexander Worth died in the crash in North Warnborough in August 2016

The driver of a £1.2 million Ferrari involved in a crash that killed a 13-year-old boy has apologised in court for not asking him to wear a seatbelt.

Alexander Worth, from Kings Worthy, Hampshire, died in August 2016.

Businessman Matthew Cobden told Winchester Crown Court he believed there was a fault with the Ferrari F50 causing a sudden increase in power when he touched the accelerator.

Mr Cobden denies causing death by careless driving.

The jury previously heard that Mr Cobden, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, had offered Alexander a ride in the Ferrari when the teenager visited his car storage business with his mother and her partner.

The supercar flipped after hitting a post beside a farm access road, throwing both Alexander and Mr Cobden from the vehicle.

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Cobden suffered a fractured rib and a punctured lung.

Fighting back tears in the witness box, Mr Cobden was asked about why neither he nor Alexander were wearing seatbelts.

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Image caption Both Alexander and Mr Cobden were thrown from the vehicle

He replied: "It's something I think about all the time. If I had done, things could have been different."

Describing the crash, he said: "I put my foot on the accelerator and it goes. Next thing I'm not in the car.

"If I could have done something I would have done something, that's what frustrates me the most."

The court previously heard independent Ferrari expert Aldo Riti give evidence that he believed the car had a pre-existing fault.

The defence expert witness said he believed the car started with only six cylinders working because of the fault and then the other six had cut in - leading to an increase in power.

Prosecution expert witness Tony Ciccone, an engineer from Ferrari, was asked if there was any evidence the car had a problem switching from six to 12 cylinders before the crash. "Not from what I saw," he said.

The court heard the Ferrari had recently had a £52,000 service and overhaul.

The trial continues.

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Image caption Matthew Cobden is on trial at Winchester Crown Court

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