Man who fled from fatal crash arrested after failing to front court

Bankal at an earlier court appearance. Picture Seven News
Bankal at an earlier court appearance. Picture Seven News

A Ballarat man accused of fleeing a fatal crash in Brighton East has handed himself into police after he failed to front court.

Santino Bankal failed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday for a summary jurisdiction hearing, which determines if indictable offences can be dealt with in a magistrates court.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and the 28-year-old handed himself into the Ballarat Police Station on Thursday morning.

After he was arrested, police allegedly found 1.63 grams of cannabis in Bankal's prosthetic leg.

Bankal fronted the Ballarat Magistrates Court in the afternoon where he successfully applied for bail.

The court was told Bankal was involved in a vehicle accident on the Nepean Highway on July 7, 2017. A 21-year-old male motorcyclist, of Highett, died in the crash.

Defence lawyer Erin Churchill said her client had been charged with failing to render assistance after an accident where someone was killed and failing to render assistance.

She said her client pulled onto the Nepean Highway and the motorcyclist collided with the rear of Bankal's car.

"The deceased was on fire on the ground and Mr Bankal walked away," Ms Churchill said.

Senior Constable Luke McGregor told the court police opposed bail because Bankal failed to answer bail.

However, magistrate Gregory Robinson bailed Bankal with conditions he report to police three times a week, live at a static address, not take drugs and not drive.

He will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on December 14. 

Bankal is facing five charges over the collision, including driving while disqualified, driving an unregistered car and failing to report the accident to police.