A man who allegedly killed a taxi driver in a hit-run crash in Melbourne’s south-east on Sunday has never held a licence, a court has heard.
Templestowe man Cameron Poulter, 46, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday facing 10 charges including dangerous driving causing death, unlicensed driving and failure to render assistance.
On Sunday morning Mr Poulter allegedly collided with a parked car in Brighton East, crushing a taxi driver aged in his 60s who had been standing at the rear of the car.
The taxi driver, Velauthar Muruhesapillai, was exchanging details with the driver of another car following a minor incident when he was allegedly crushed by the car driven by Mr Poulter. He died at the scene.
Mr Poulter fled the accident on foot, leaving his car at the scene. He handed himself into St Kilda Police Station on Monday.
Magistrate Donna Bakos ordered Mr Poulter to undergo a physical examination. She said the examination could reveal whether the injuries Mr Poulter sustained in the accident would prove he was the driver of the car.
Detective Senior Constable Fletcher Pearson told the cout Mr Poulter would have incurred chest injuries and bruising.
Defence lawyer Anthony Brand requested a mental health expert also evaluate Mr Poulter.
“He’s on methadone and he has been for a long time,” he said. “That needs to be attended to.”
Mr Pearson said Mr Poulter had told police he fled the scene because he panicked.
Mr Poulter was remanded in custody and is scheduled to reappear in court in December.
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