A man has been charged after a trail bike allegedly failed to stop following a collision with a pedestrian, causing serious injuries, on the Central Coast earlier this year.
About 2.10pm on Sunday 21 June 2015, police and emergency services were called to Parsons Road, Lisarow, after an 11-year-old boy was struck by a trail bike.
The boy was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead with skull and facial injuries.
He remained in hospital for a number of days before being released.
Officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command were told the male rider did not stop at the scene to render assistance.
Specialist investigators from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit attended and commenced investigations, including a public appeal.
About 1.50pm yesterday (Thursday 17 December 2015), officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command attended a home on Hutton Road, The Entrance North, and arrested a 34-year-old man.
He was taken to Wyong police station where he was charged with a number of offences including, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, not give particulars to injured person, and use unregistered vehicle.
In an appearance before Wyong Local Court today, (Friday 18 December 2015), Stephen Chapman pleaded not guilty to all charges, claiming it was not him riding the bike at the time, despite his DNA being found on the helmet, which was located later that day along with the bike in question.
Magistrate Les Brennan refused bail stating that “The rider was clearly not thinking of the victim at the time or the safety of any other victim".
“With something like this, we have to address whether the public is at risk. Bail is refused.
Chapman is to re-appear before Wyong Local Court on January 27, 2016