11 Jan 2012

Teen charged over fatal crash found

2:36 pm on 11 January 2012

Police have captured a teenager who absconded from Child, Youth and Family care where he was placed after being bailed on charges of dangerous driving causing death.

The boy was charged over the death of Shaun Fitzpatrick, 22, killed when his car was hit by one of two racing vehicles as it ran a red light during a street race just before 3am on Saturday.

The 15-year-old, alleged to have been driving one of the vehicles, was on Monday bailed to CYF care under a range of conditions including a 24-hour curfew.

Child, Youth and Family says he had a brief opportunity to abscond and he took it, but is defending its care of him, saying it took the appropriate steps to monitor him.

Police say they located the boy on Wednesday. He is in police custody and was due to appear in the Youth Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Inspector Gary Allcock says police will ask the court to remand the boy in secure custody this time.

Two other teenagers have been charged in relation to the fatal crash and will appear in court on Thursday.