GZ’s last u-turn
At 7:11:15 in GZ’s NEN call, there is a ‘whoosh whoosh’ sound in the background, followed by a thump. I am relatively sure this is GZ turning the steering wheel and then putting the truck back into ‘Park.’ My hypothesis is that GZ was parked on TTL facing the clubhouse (West), and that after Trayvon walked past him he made a u-turn so he could continue to surveil Trayvon. Thus he was parked facing East when he left the truck.
tchoupi’s security video analysis (http://imgur.com/a/bcAII) indicates GZ’s drove slowly past the mailbox area, continued East on TTL, and then made a u-turn and turned off his lights, all before he placed the NEN call. (Lights go off at ~ 7:09:00; GZ calls the cops at 7:09:34). tchoupi does not mention another u-turn after this in his analysis.
However, there actually is a ‘light event’ on TTL, captued by the East Pool security camera, around the time I’m thinking GZ made that last u-turn during the call. That might be GZ u-turning, or not. You’d have to ask tchoupi to parse the patterns. If GZ did make a turn, he might not have turned on his lights right away.
What we DO know from the security video is that GZ did NOT have his lights on during the first part of the NEN call. There seems to have been enough light in the clubhouse area for him to see Trayvon there w/o the use of his headlights.
We also DO know, per NLME’s meticulous investigation into the Ridgeline warning chimes, that at some point GZ turned his lights back on, and he did not turn them off when he left the truck. We can also see that the the truck lights do NOT show up for any significant period of time in the East Pool video around the time he left the truck. Therefore, it’s logical to conclude that the lights were on, but the truck was facing the other way at this time.
This makes sense in terms of the fact that various witnesses have observed that the area of the T is poorly lit. Once TM walked past GZ’s truck, he not only would have been harder to surveil because GZ would have to use his mirrors, but also because he would have been heading into darkness.
If GZ did make that last u-turn to continue to keep Trayvon in sight, even without turning Trayvon would have had to see the headlight beams coming around and stopping when they captured him in their path. One would think this would have scared him enough to mention the lights to DeeDee, but she does not say anything about him describing movement of the truck. About this time, though, she is saying he’s scared, he says the man is following him, she’s telling him to run, and he says he’s going to wait to run “from the back.” The sounds I’m interpreting as this last u-turn occur 26 seconds before GZ sees Trayvon start to run. This is about the time is would have taken him him, walking fast, to travel from where tchoupi thinks the truck was stopped to just before the T where he took off running.
So,basically, i think everything adds up to there being one last u-turn about 30 seconds before GZ began his pursuit by foot.
I can only imagine how eerie it must have been for Trayvon to see those headlights swing around from behind and settle on his path, and what must have been running through his mind for those 26 seconds. He must have fought back his flight instincts, mustering the courage NOT to run, until he reached the North-South sidewalk.