Perth alfresco carnage caused by unlicensed driver

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A person has died when a rogue Land Rover driven by an unlicensed driver drove into diners in Perth.

Man dead, four taken to hospital after car crashes into alfresco restaurant in Perth CBD

From abc.net.au, Sat 21st August 2021

A man in his 70s is dead and four people are injured after a car mounted a kerb and rammed a parked car into a group of people at a restaurant in Perth’s CBD on Friday night.

Police say a Land Rover was being driven on Pier Street, near Murray Street, about 6:30pm when it mounted the footpath and struck a parked Corolla, propelling it into a group of alfresco diners.

The Land Rover continued, driving a short distance before rolling, hitting another parked car and landing on its roof.

A man, 71, was killed and four people — including the driver — were taken to Royal Perth Hospital by ambulance, while others were treated at the scene.

An overturned car in the middle of a road at night.
The driver of the car was taken to hospital and later charged.ABC News: Keane Bourke

The driver, a 60-year-old man, was taken into custody and charged with dangerous driving causing death in circumstances of aggravation and no authority to drive.

He remains in a serious condition in hospital.

A man in emergency worker uniform looks at a smashed car outside a restaurant.
Several cars were hit in the crash outside a restaurant.

Several other cars were also hit.

‘It was horrific’

Priyesh Adatia was having a drink with friends across the road from where the car is believed to have mounted the footpath.

He said the car missed him by less than a metre and showered the group in debris.

A close-up photo of a man wearing a blue jumper and several necklaces.
Priyesh Adatia waited with the driver of the car until ambulance officers arrived.ABC News: Keane Bourke

“[My] instant response was run over there, just to make sure there’s no kids in the car,” he said.

“We were trying to talk to him and he actually made movements, he was groaning and moaning a bit so we couldn’t understand what he was saying.

“He was responsive … and we just kept him talking while the ambulance crew arrived.”

Mr Adatia said he would take a few days off work to process what had happened.

“I’ve never come across anything like that, ever,” he said.

Driver too unwell for court appearance

The driver, who is from the Wheatbelt town of Walebing, was due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today via a bedside hearing, but was too unwell to attend.

A duty lawyer told the court the man was heavily sedated and unresponsive.

No application for bail was made.

The man was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court by videolink on Monday.

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