Jarad Amiss: Man accused of Carnarvon hit-and-run death pleads not guilty
The man accused of killing Carnarvon cyclist Aden Broocker in a hit-and-run crash earlier this year will go to trial after pleading not guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death.
Jarad Amiss reappeared in Carnarvon Magistrate’s Court on Monday, when he was committed to the District Court on August 27 for a trial listing hearing. Police have alleged Mr Amiss was driving on Robinson Street in East Carnarvon on January 3, when his white Honda Accord collided with the rear tire of the 52-year-old cyclist’s bike at about 7pm.
Mr Broocker was allegedly thrown on to the vehicle’s windscreen, before landing on the road and sustaining serious head injuries in the crash.
He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital for specialist treatment but died from the injuries six days later.
Prosecutors have alleged Mr Amiss failed to stop and render assistance, and drove away from the scene without notifying police.
He was arrested two days later and charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, failing to stop and ensure assistance, failing to report an incident and driving without a licence.
The dangerous driving charge was upgraded at his first court appearance on January 18 to dangerous driving occasioning death.
There was an outpour of community support from across regional WA after Mr Broocker’s death, remembering the environmental health officer as a “highly respected” and “caring” man who dedicated his 25-year career to regional health and communities.
Mr Amiss is in custody and will next appear on August 27.
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