A man is due to face court this morning after the South Australian police commissioner’s son was allegedly hit and killed by a car while attending an end-of-school celebration.
Charlie Stevens, 18, was on Beach Road at Goolwa Beach, about 67 kilometres south of Adelaide, for schoolies when he was allegedly struck by a car at 9pm on Friday.
He was airlifted to Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, where he died at 7.01pm (local time) on Saturday night, surrounded by family and friends.
Stevens suffered an irreversible brain injury.
The charges against the 18-year-old alleged driver have been upgraded to causing death by dangerous driving, aggravated driving without due care, leaving the scene of a crash after causing death and failing to truly answer questions.
The Encounter Bay man was refused bail and is expected to appear before Christies Beach Magistrates Court tomorrow.
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The Stevens family released a statement on Saturday before Charlie died.
”Commissioner Grant Stevens and wife Emma would like to thank all SAPOL staff, first responders and other emergency services workers who attended the incident,” the family said.
“The Stevens family also wish to thank the wider community for their support during this difficult time in particular the family acknowledge the dedicated staff at the Flinders Medical Centre for their care and support of Charlie and his family and friends.”
Charlie was the youngest of the family’s five children.
The police commissioner is set to take indefinite leave to be with his family.