THREE men accused of the manslaughter of Huddersfield man Francis Conway have hidden "behind a veil of silence", a jury was told.
Caleb Coleman, 21, Wayne Lee, 22, and 18-year-old Jamie Nichols are all standing trial for the manslaughter of the Berry Brow man, known as Frank.
The 33-year-old dad-of-one died after being hit by a recovery truck on June 22 last year.
The prosecution in the case against Coleman, Lee and Nichols say the defendants chased Mr Conway to his death.
All three Bradford men deny the charge of manslaughter.
In his closing speech to the jury, prosecutor Christopher Tehrani said: "Francis Conway had every reason to fear being beaten up if he stayed with this pack of angry, aggressive and violent young men.
"Mr Conway did fear for his safety ... he ran away and we know the subsequent events thereafter.
"But for the actions of the men who got out of the car, would he still be alive today?
"It was in terror and panic that he ran out on to Canal Road and into the path of an oncoming truck.
"Why did they (the defendants) repeatedly lie to the police? Why have they chosen not to give evidence in this trial? What have they got to hide?
"They have been hiding behind a veil of silence."
At Bradford Crown Court on Monday, the jury of four women and eight men also watched a video clip of a man who was initially identified as defendant Caleb Coleman.
The clip showed a white man having a bare-knuckle boxing match in the car park of a pub with an unidentified man of mixed race.
Dc Janine Sullivan of the West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Inquiry Team identified the white man on the clip as being Coleman.
She said there were particular features of the man such as the build, face, hair, eyebrows and stance that made her think it was Coleman fighting.
She also said a shout of "Cale, Cale, get your money" at the end of the clip reaffirmed his presence at the fight.
But Stephen Wood, for Coleman, told the court another man has since admitted it is him in the video clip and not Coleman.
Earlier in the trial the jury heard how Mr Conway, a former pupil at King James’s Grammar in Almondbury, had set fire to a post box after failing to retrieve a letter he had posted to an ex-girlfriend.
It is alleged the three defendants saw him and set upon him a short time later.
Counsel for the three defendants will make their closing speeches today. (Tuesday).
The judge will then sum up the case before sending the jury out to consider their verdicts.