Driver accused of hit and run on child was using drugs: cops
POLICE have laid three fresh charges against the driver allegedly involved in a hit-and-run collision near Byron Bay lighthouse that resulted in a four-year-old girl undergoing surgery for a fractured leg.
New Zealand national Rakau Williams appeared in Byron Bay Local Court yesterday facing a total of six charges over the February 15 incident.
The 28-year-old yesterday entered a not guilty plea to a fresh charge of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm while under the influence of drugs.
Williams was initially charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, failing to stop and assist after an impact causing grievous bodily harm, and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
In court yesterday police laid three additional charges relating to driving under the influence.
The charges relate to an incident that occurred almost two months ago at 6.45am on Lighthouse Road.
The impact with the blue Volvo, which police allege was driven by Williams, caused four-year-old Rio Sims, who had been walking with her parents, to fall down a steep embankment, fracturing her right leg.
Rio was taken to hospital and had to undergo surgery on her leg. Her mother was also hit by the car, but not injured.
Magistrate Michael Dakin ordered the brief of evidence to be served by May 8 and adjourned Williams's matters until a date in May.
Mr Dakin indicated on court papers that pleas must be entered when Williams's matters are next mentioned.
Williams remains free on conditional bail until her next court appearance.