Driver charged in fatal accident involving electric cyclist on Mitchell Freeway in Perth

Police have charged a driver after he allegedly failed to stop following a crash that killed an 86-year-old man who was riding an e-bike on Perth’s Mitchell Freeway.

The man was riding his e-bike just before 5am on Sunday when it collided with a silver four-wheel drive near the Hepburn Avenue exit in Kingsley, in the city’s northern suburbs.

Police say the 45-year-old man driving the car failed to stop after the collision and the driver died at the scene from his injuries.

Speaking on Sunday, Detective First Class Benjamin Rooney said members of the public immediately rushed to the man and tried to revive him.

“It is very likely that he is still alive this morning if the person stopped,” he said.

Yesterday, officers from the Major Accident Investigation Section arrested the 45-year-old man from Banksia Grove and seized the damaged 4×4 from his residence.

Police allege he provided false information to the vehicle owner to explain the damage suffered in the accident, information which was later included in an insurance claim.

The driver was refused bail and is due to appear in Joondalup Magistrates Court today.

He was charged with failing to stop and get help after an incident resulting in death, failing to report an incident resulting in death or grievous bodily harm, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing and police are asking anyone who saw the silver e-bike or 4×4 before or after the incident to call Crime Stoppers.

Earnest L. Veasey