Driver accused of causing the death of his heavily pregnant girlfriend, 32, in a crash that threw her out of his moving ute is hit with more charges
A man who denies dangerous driving and caused the death of his pregnant partner in Melbourne last year has been charged with more charges.
William Wilson, 36, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a series of allegations of the September 2019 crash throwing Helena Broadbent out of a moving Ute.
The 32-year-old woman suffered a brain injury when she fell from the Mitsubishi Triton in Keilor Downs, in the southeast of the city.
William Wilson (photo out of court), 36, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a series of allegations of the September 2019 crash throwing Helena Broadbent out of a moving ute
She died in the hospital hours after giving birth to a girl with a caesarean section at just 26 weeks.
Wilson faced a brief hearing on Tuesday at Melbourne Magistrates Court.
He pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving that caused Ms. Broadbent’s death and chose to bring his case directly to court in Victoria’s County Court, bypassing the usual committals process involving delays related to coronavirus.
Wilson has also been charged with five more crimes related to Ms Broadbent’s day of death, including not stopping and not helping the scene of an accident in which a person has died, possession of a controlled weapon, and possession of cannabis.
It was previously alleged in court that Broadbent called triple zero and claimed that Wilson had a hammer and threatened to kill her.
Wilson is said to have said that Mrs. Broadbent had walked beside his ute before she was injured.
Security footage reportedly shows the ute approaching a corner, the rear passenger door opens and a person falls out, the court has previously been told.
Wilson’s bail continued on condition that he should not drive or carry passengers.
He will be before the County Court on April 28.