South Australian politicians have offered their condolences to the state’s police commissioner after it was announced his son has died in hospital after being struck by a car in an alleged hit-and-run.
Eighteen-year-old Charlie Stevens, the son of Commissioner Grant Stevens, died surrounded by friends and family at around 7pm on 18 November, after sustaining an irreversible brain injury in Friday in Goolwa, about 90km southeast of Adelaide.
Police said the driver failed to stop at the scene but was found nearby and charged with several offences on Saturday.
On Sunday, those charges were 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 man was refused bail and will face Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.
The mother of the 18-year-old driver who has been charged after the alleged hit-and-run incident, has said in a statement her “heart is breaking” to think of the suffering the Stevens family is experiencing.
South Australian state police Minister Joe Scakazs said Commissioner Stevens and his family have the support of the South Australian community.
In a statement, Commissioner Grant Stevens and his wife Emma thanked police, first responders and other emergency services workers who attended the incident.
“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,” they said.
Premier Peter Malinauskas said the thoughts of all South Australians were with Mr and Mrs Stevens and their children.
“Grant Stevens has served South Australia as a member of South Australian Police for over 40 years,” Malinauskas said.
“His whole life he has dedicated himself to protecting others, protecting South Australians from evil, protecting us from disease.
“He has shown extraordinary leadership in some of the most difficult circumstances this state has ever confronted, and it is just so unjust that he and his family have now had to endure this great tragedy themselves.”
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