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Driver testifies Russell was speeding before crash

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Frederick Russell Frederick Russell

KELSO, Wash. - The jury heard testimony Thursday from a driver who said he pulled out of Russell's way moments before the crash that killed three Washington State University students and injured three others six years ago.

Robert Hart told jurors he was on his way to work in Moscow that night when he saw headlights zig-zagging in his rear-view mirror. He said he thought Russell's SUV was speeding 90 miles an hour and he pulled to the right side of the road, anticipating an abrupt pass.

Russell collided with another car, killing three WSU students and injuring three others. The Defense says Hart's maneuver caused the accident.

Hart was on the stand for over two hours, with many of the defenses' questions centered around the manner in which he left the scene. Hart says when he left the situation appeared to be minor, and he was hurrying to get to work.

He told the jury he did not leave because he felt he was responsible.

A passenger with Frederick Russell during the crash testified Wednesday that they weren't drunk. Jacob McFarland said they had been drinking at a home and a bar, but did not drink that much alcohol. Another witness said half gallon of vodka was consumed at the house party.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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