A SEBASTOPOL man accused of abandoning his mate in the twisted wreckage of a car he had crashed while drunk, will stand trial in the County Court.
Peter Michael Foster, 21, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded not guilty to charges including negligently causing serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury, reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering serious injury and theft of a motor car.
A previous court appearance heard Foster’s passenger and friend remained trapped in the wreckage for more than five hours, before being airlifted to a Melbourne hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The victim remained in hospital for two months.
Foster had allegedly being drinking heavily at an 18th birthday party in Mount Clear on Saturday, March 19, 2011, before leaving and stealing his housemate’s car.
Foster allegedly drove around the Canadian area before picking up his friend, losing control and hitting a tree in Hermitage Avenue, Mount Clear about 1.40am.
It is alleged Foster fled the scene and returned to the Mount Clear party where he fell asleep, while his mate remained trapped.
Magistrate Peter Mithen yesterday said the prosecution’s hand up brief contained enough evidence for a trial in the County Court.
The committal hearing, where it was expected three witnesses would be called, was cut short after Foster appeared with no legal representation or ability to cross examine.
Prosecutors tendered the brief directly to the magistrate.
He was bailed to appear in the County Court at Ballarat on November 21 for a directions hearing.