20 Nov 2023 8:32am
Charges against a teenage driver arrested on Friday in connection with a fatal crash have been upgraded.
About 9pm Friday 17 November, emergency services were called to Beach Road after a pedestrian was struck by a car. The car did not stop at the scene but was pulled over by police a short distance away on Port Elliot Road at Goolwa.
The pedestrian, an 18-year-old Colonel Light Gardens man, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Flinders Medical Centre. Sadly, at 7.01pm this evening (Saturday 18 November) the young man passed away in hospital surrounded by family and friends.
The driver of the car, an 18-year-old Encounter Bay man, was arrested on Friday night, his charges have been upgraded to causing death by dangerous driving, aggravated driving without due care, leaving the scene of a crash after causing death and failing to truly answer questions. He has been refused bail and will appear in Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday 20 November.
Beach Road was closed for about 10 hours while Major Crash Investigators examined the scene but has since re-opened.
The suspect vehicle was towed from the scene for a forensic examination.
Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash, anyone with further information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report on line at www.crimestopperssa.com.au – you can remain anonymous.
Statement from the family:
Commissioner Grant Stevens and wife Emma would like to thank all SAPOL staff, first responders and other emergency services workers who attended the incident. The Stevens family also wish to thank the wider community for their support during this difficult time in particular the family acknowledge the dedicated staff at the Flinders Medical Centre for their care and support of Charlie and his family and friends.