A PASSENGER in the car which dragged an Almondbury woman to her death said he did not realise anyone was under the speeding vehicle.
Jolene Potter-Connolly, 23, was knocked over by the car and dragged for 168 metres.
She died at the scene.
Eton Brewins, 26, of Field Head, Shepley, denies charges of manslaughter and a lesser alternative of causing death by dangerous driving.
Passenger Lee Balmforth, of Field Way, Shepley, told Leeds Crown Court yesterday that following an altercation in the car park of the Visage nightclub in Folly Hall in the early hours of September 11 last year he was told by the driver Eton Brewins to get in the car.
Mr Balmforth, 18, said: "We reversed and the car door was open and it must have been wide open and knocked someone down.
"Eton was like `I want to get out of there because I had just been punched to the floor' sort of thing. We weren't hanging about."
Prosecutor Rodney Jameson QC asked Mr Balmforth, who was 17 at the time of the incident, if the people on the floor had time to react or get out of the way.
He replied: "Not really."
Mr Balmforth said he had been getting some things out of Brewins' Ford Escort at the end of the night.
The problems began when a passer-by threw something at the vehicle. He added: "I went out of the car and said what are you throwing something at the car for?
"He came up to the car and was going to start trouble and Eton got his cosh out because he didn't want any trouble."
Mr Balmforth said they got in the car which was surrounded by people shouting and hitting it.
They reversed and drove off. As they were driving out of the car park the windscreen of the vehicle smashed.
He said Brewins had panicked when the windscreen had smashed, but didn't slow down and carried on driving back to his home.
When they arrived Brewins, Mr Balmforth and Robert Cocking who had been out with them, went in and were greeted by Brewins' wife Kathryn who was still up.
Mr Balmforth used Mr Brewins' phone to ring up a friend who had been at the club to find out the name of a man who he believed had started the trouble.
During the conversation the man, Jason Allen, told Mr Balmforth, who had put the call on speaker phone, that a girl had died.
Mr Balmforth said he was told by Mr Allen that a maroon Escort was involved and they had closed off St Thomas's Road.
Under cross examination by defence barrister Robert Smith QC Mr Balmforth said he didn't know the car had run over anybody in the car park.
Mr Smith: "Have you since been told that the girl was dragged a distance of over 160m? Have you been told that?"
Mr Balmforth: "Yes."
Mr Smith: "As you sat in the car did you have any idea that that was happening?"
Mr Balmforth: "No, no."
He added that he was frightened that he could be attacked by the people around the car.
Mr Smith asked Mr Balmforth if anyone had said anything about anyone being knocked down on the journey back to Brewins' home.
Mr Balmforth said Brewins had taken the decision to drive home.
After driving for about 10 minutes the car pulled over and Brewins and Mr Cocking got out to check the damage to the windscreen and the bodywork.
The case continues.