BRENTWOOD - A jury is deliberating Thursday afternoon in the trial of a Danville man accused of causing a single car crash in Derry that killed his best friend, 17-year-old Korey Traficante, in November 2010.
Cameron Dearborn, 19, testified in his own defense earlier Thursday in Rockingham County Superior Court, telling jurors he had no memory driving the 1998 Saturn before it flipped on its side and crashed into a tree along Frost Road in Derry.
"The last thing I remember I was sitting at the tables having a few beers," Dearborn testified.
"Do you have any memory of getting in that vehicle with Korey?" Defense lawyer Kenneth Bernard asked.
Dearborn answered, "No, I do not."
Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Johnson told jurors during closing arguments that Dearborn's claim that Traficante was the driver does not fit with any of the evidence in the case. Johnson asked the jury to consider the testimony of witnesses who heard Dearborn say while being trapped in the car that he killed his best friend, and was going to hell.
"You don't say that if you're not driving. You don't say that if you happened to be in the car. You say that when you're driving the car and killed your best friend," Johnson told the jury.
Johnson also cited the testimony of Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval, who concluded that the injuries on Traficante's body showed he had to be on the passenger's side of the vehicle.
The defense wrapped up its case Thursday morning with testimony by an accident reconstruction expert and with Dearborn taking the stand.
He is charged with two counts of negligent homicide and a single misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.
Judge N. William Delker told jurors that they would not begin deliberating in the case until after their lunch break at noon.