By Elva Darnell
A 19-year-old man who is accused of crashing his car into a group of teenagers near Esperance, killing a 16-year-old girl, has been granted bail.
Brodie Lee Gibbard, from the Esperance suburb of Nulsen, has been charged with the manslaughter of Kaitlyn Scott.
It is alleged his ute struck the pedestrians at Monjingup, about nine kilometres north of Esperance, at about 1:30am on Saturday.
A man and a woman, both aged 18, received minor injuries in the crash, while Ms Scott received critical injuries and later died in hospital.
Mr Gibbard is also facing two other charges relating to his alleged failure to stop after the incident, or report it to police.
He is in custody in Esperance and appeared in a Perth court via audiolink on Sunday.
Police prosecutors told the court Mr Gibbard was driving in the area with his girlfriend because he knew of a 19th birthday party nearby.
They said he made several passes outside the party before accelerating for an unknown reason.
When applying for bail, Mr Gibbard’s lawyer Alan Camp said his client worked as an apprentice baker and had no criminal history.
Bail was granted under strict conditions, including that Mr Gibbard continues to reside at his current address and surrenders his passport.
He was given one month to seek legal advice, and is due to appear in court again on August 29.