CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte Hornets guard David Wesley denied Thursday that he and teammate Bobby Phills were racing in the moments before Phills was killed in a head-on crash near their practice arena.
Wesley, testifying in his non-jury trial on driving-related charges, said he was well ahead of Phills on the road when he looked through the rearview mirror of his sports car and saw Phills crash.
''Were you racing Bobby Phills that day?'' Bill Diehl, Wesley's attorney, asked his client.
''Absolutely not,'' Wesley replied.
Wesley is charged with reckless driving and spontaneous speed competition in the Jan. 12 accident after a midmorning Hornets practice. Police say Wesley, 29, and Phills, 30, were racing their Porsches at more than 100 mph when Phills lost control and slammed into another vehicle.
Wesley denied in court he was traveling that fast on the road where the accident occurred.
''Were you going 45?'' Diehl asked. Wesley shook his head no.
''Were you going 100?'' Diehl said. Wesley replied: ''No.''
Wesley testified that Phills left the Charlotte Coliseum parking lot in his car before Wesley did and stopped at a red light on Paul Buck Boulevard, which feeds coliseum traffic to Tyvola Road. Wesley said the light turned green before he reached the traffic light, so he turned left onto Tyvola without stopping and passed by Phills, who also turned onto Tyvola.
Wesley was talking on his cell phone to his fiancee when he looked in his rearview mirror. ''I ended the call when I saw Bobby had gotten into an accident,'' Wesley testified. ''I saw him go out of control in my rearview mirror. I saw him slide left and it looked like he was going to get it under control and then he started spinning.''
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