A 16-year-old boy who was charged with a double fatal crash count has appeared in court where he was refused bail.
The Marangaroo teen allegedly killed two people in a car crash on Saturday. He appeared in court with two counts of manslaughter, where a married couple was killed while their son was severely injured. According to reports, he failed to stop for police prior to colliding with the other sedan. The man in the Nissan Pulsar car was a 66-year-old and the woman was 60 years old. Their son, who has been admitted to Royal Perth Hospital after the incident, was 25 years old.
The suspect’s lawyer said that his client wanted to apply for bail but the Children’s Court judge disapproved the appeal and remanded the teen in custody. He is scheduled to appear in court again on September 30.
The Ford Falcon driver-offender has also been charged with related counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, having no authority to drive and breach of bail.
WA Police Deputy Commissioner Stephen Brown said that officers tried to stop a white Ford Falcon sedan on Warwick Road while they were patrolling the area. He added that the driver took the car at a higher speed to escape the officers. “The driver failed to stop and accelerated away at high speed,” Brown said as quoted by Perth Now.
“Shortly after, a decision was made to abort our attempt to stop that vehicle. Early advice was that the pursuit was aborted prior to the crash. However, this will be subject to comprehensive investigation, which has already begun.”
Brown also confirmed the double fatal crash news. He said that the passenger of the suspect, who was almost 18 years old, was taken to Royal Perth Hospital. He also confirmed the news of the death of the two passengers and the injury of the third one.
“This is as grave as circumstances can be,” he added. “The community can have great confidence that our people are well trained. We need to pursue, it is our role, to pursue and apprehend criminals.”