A 21-year-old man charged over a crash which killed the son of former ACT opposition leader Bill Stefaniak has denied being behind the wheel at the time of the crash.
Police allege Kane David Kell was driving northbound along Yarra Glen in Hughes last night when the car rolled and ended up in the southbound lanes about 6:00pm.
Joseph Stefaniak, who police allege was a passenger, died at the scene after being flung from the car.
Joseph was the son of Mr Stefaniak, who led the Canberra Liberals between 2006 and 2007.
Mr Kell and his girlfriend allegedly fled the crash but were taken into custody at 10:30pm after police had called on the public to help find the pair.
Mr Kell was charged with culpable driving causing death, driving while disqualified, failing to give assistance and driving more than 30 kilometres over the speed limit.
But today he told the ACT Magistrate’s Court Joseph Stefaniak was driving when the car lost control.
Police documents tendered to the court alleged Mr Stefaniak had injuries consistent with a seatbelt on his left shoulder, which police said indicated he was not in the driver’s seat.
Police allege after the crash both Mr Kell and his girlfriend fled the scene without checking on Mr Stefaniak’s welfare.
According to police documents, Mr Kell said he ran away because his dog was in the car and he was trying to find it.
His bail application was refused and he will return to court later this month.
The death was the first on the ACT’s roads for 2018.
Yesterday, ACT Policing’s Sergeant Marcus Boorman said he did not know what caused the driver to lose control and the car to roll.
A bus became stuck on the median strip when the road was closed in both directions last night, but was later freed.