Re: What a complete plonker!
despite the fact that he knew it should have been telling him to hold the wheel and that he knew he should be holding the wheel,
He was saying this in retrospect, perhaps prompted by questions from investigators specifically asking if the lights were flashing and bells ringing.
He could just as well have believed it just didn't need his help on that day, on that road, until after the crash.
Not that I'm saying he's not responsible for the accident. You have a responsibility when handling a deadly weapon to know, and not guess or assume, what it's capabilities and limits are.