A twilight service will likely be held to rejoice the lifetime of Charlie Stevens, the son of South Australia’s high cop, who was killed in an alleged hit-and-run whereas celebrating schoolies.
The tragedy made headlines across the nation, and tv presenters had been left in tears after SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens and his spouse launched a tribute letter to their youngest child.
Charlie Stevens, 18, was the one hundred and first individual to be killed on the state’s roads this 12 months.
He suffered an irreversible mind damage when he was allegedly hit by a automotive whereas close to Goolwa Seashore, south of Adelaide on November 17.
Police introduced on Friday evening a celebration of life will likely be held in honour of the 18-year-old on November 30 within the William Magarey Room at Adelaide Oval.
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Earlier within the day, South Australian Police Performing Commissioner Linda Williams introduced an unbiased lead investigator would to take cost of the investigation, saying the excessive public curiosity within the crash and the involvement of the police commissioner’s son warranted such.
“An unbiased lead investigator has been engaged to supply oversight of the Main Crash Investigation Part investigation,” she stated.
“Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Lineham from Victoria Police will likely be quickly appointed to SAPOL as a Particular Constable to undertake this process.
“He can have management for the course and end result of the investigation and facilitate any temporary of proof to the Workplace of the Director of Public Prosecutions.”
Charlie’s dying, the one hundred and first fatality on South Australia roads this 12 months, has rocked the state.
The primary particulars of the alleged hit-and-run emerged in court paperwork on Monday.
Three witnesses, who say they had been ready with Charlie on Seashore Rd for a shuttle bus to take them again to Victor Harbor from Goolwa Seashore, say they flagged down the accused driver, Dhirren Randhawa, 18, to see if they may hitch a trip.
There was not sufficient room within the automotive and the witnesses say Mr Randhawa drove away earlier than making a U-turn.
He then allegedly sped up and began travelling on the flawed facet of the highway earlier than hitting Charlie, court paperwork reveal.
There is no such thing as a suggestion of animosity between the teams.
However Montana Rose Bowd, an eyewitness from inside Mr Dhirren’s automotive, tells a special story, in response to the court paperwork.
Ms Bowd states some males had been on the western facet of the highway and partially on the footpath, however there was additionally a male on the jap facet of the highway.
She says a male from the jap facet ran throughout the highway into Mr Randhawa’s automotive, in response to the court paperwork.
She states Mr Randhawa then drove a brief distance earlier than calling his mom and asking whether or not he ought to flip himself right into a police station or name the police.
As he was speaking to her, the police arrived and arrested him, she stated.
The court granted Mr Randhawa bail and he left the court along with his mom and supporters within the late afternoon, transferring by means of a scrum of media right into a ready automotive.
Charlie, 18, suffered irreversible mind injury within the smash and Mr and Mrs Stevensand their 4 older children, Sophie, Dylan, Josh and Tom, stated their goodbyes to Charlie at Flinders Medical Centre alongside prolonged family.
Charlie died at 7.01pm on November 18.
The police have charged Mr Randhawa with inflicting dying by harmful driving, aggravated driving with out due care, leaving the scene of a crash after inflicting dying and failing to actually reply questions.
Accused Charlie Stevens hit-and-run driver Dhirren Randhawa leaves Christies Seashore Magistrates Court after being granted bail on November 20, 2023.
If he’s discovered responsible, he faces a most jail time period of 15 years and disqualification from holding or acquiring a driver’s licence for 10 years.
Mr and Mrs Stevens paid tribute to their son in a public letter, addressing him as “101”.
“I’m penning this sitting in a bed room with soiled garments on the ground, an unmade mattress, six ingesting glasses lined up on the bedside desk, an empty KFC field subsequent to the glasses, wardrobe doorways left open and a row of skateboards leaning on the wall – it’s a mess and it’s excellent. That is the place 101 lived,” the parents write.
“101 is Charles Stevens – Charlie, Charlie Boy, Chas, Hyperlinks, Steve. You lived life and gave a lot to so many. You had been a drive of nature and we are going to always remember your lovely cheeky, disarming smile.
“Son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin, pals, workmate, teammate. A lot greater than only a quantity on a tragic tally.”
Mr Randhawa will subsequent seem in court at Adelaide Magistrates Court in March.