A student accused of killing a taxi driver, who died after being dragged along the road entangled in a seat belt, had a hand on the steering wheel and his leg in the driver's area, a court heard yesterday. The student, Kelsey Mudd, 23, accused of causing the death of Wong Chi-wing, 58, in Connaught Road Central outside City Hall on June 27 last year, was facing the first day of his trial in the Court of First Instance. Mudd, from the United States, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and an alternative charge of causing death by dangerous driving. He also denies taking a conveyance without authority, dangerous driving, and driving when over the legal alcohol limit. Opening the case, senior assistant director of prosecutions Alain Sham Chung-ping said Wong had been seen standing between the open driver's door and the vehicle, trying to pull someone out, and was entangled in the seat belt. Suddenly, the taxi moved, crashing through a fence. One witness said the vehicle hit two other taxis before stopping. An ambulance, police and television crew arrived at the scene, Sham said. Shortly afterwards, the taxi started moving again, east along the westbound road, and hit another taxi. Witness Dung Ka-lok said he saw the taxi moving at 20km/h and run into railings. When the vehicle came to a standstill, he saw an expatriate sitting in the middle of the three-seater front compartment, he said. 'I saw the right foot of that foreign male was in the driver's seat area. His right hand was placed on the steering wheel and his head was resting on his forearm,' said Dung, a taxi driver driving by whose attention was drawn by Wong's stationary cab. Another passing taxi driver, Tam Chi-hei, told the court that when he saw Wong standing next to the vehicle, it appeared Wong was trying to get away. 'He was trapped by the seat belt and he could not leave the car.' Wong's taxi had passed a Transport Department vehicle test in March, Sham said. The taxi had been regularly checked and serviced. Mudd had 99 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath when his breath was tested at the scene, four times over the alcohol limit of 22mcg/100ml, Sham said. A blood alcohol test conducted later found 184 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood, three times over the limit of 50 milligrams. Wong sustained fractures, dislocations in his rib cage, pelvis and limbs, and injuries to his lungs, liver, spleen and right kidney, Sham said. He died of multiple injuries at Queen Mary Hospital. A pathologist found he did not have any other diseases that could have caused him to die. Mudd's father and stepmother attended the trial yesterday. Among the evidence the prosecution plans to present is a video recording taken at the scene at the time of the alleged incidents by a TVB cameraman. Mudd is on bail. The trial continues before Mr Justice Alan Wright.