A man fronted court today after allegedly mowing down an 18-year-old cyclist in a “shocking” incident at Newpark Shopping Centre in Girrawheen that has left the teenager in a serious condition.
Police allege Jason Peter William Reah, 49, targeted Hashem Mohammad in a Jeep Cherokee and left him with life-threatening injuries when he ploughed into him Saturday about 7.30pm.
CCTV footage from a nearby business showed the horrifying moment the Noranda teen tried to flee as Mr Reah allegedly chased him at speed across the shopping centre carpark.
Police allege Mr Reah mounted the curb and collided with the teenager’s bike near the roundabout of Templeton Crescent and Hudson Avenue.
It’s understood the pair, and a group of the alleged victim’s friends, were involved in an argument, which involved one of the teenagers throwing bottles at the man.
An employee of a nearby business said people flowed out to the car park shortly after the incident and one man grabbed the keys out of the Mr Reah’s car.
He said Mr Reah had told bystanders his brakes failed moments before the incident.
Police claim Mr Reah made no attempt to help the teen, who was left lying on the ground.
The teenager was conveyed by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital, where he remains in a serious condition in the trauma ward.
Addressing the incident today, Police Minister Michelle Roberts labelled it as “pretty astounding” and “shocking”.
“Something like that really shouldn’t happen,” she said.
“If you are on a bicycle or a motorbike you are vulnerable as a road user.
“The allegations here… it makes you wonder why someone would do that.”
WA Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Dreibergs said the alleged offence was “very serious”.
“It’s beyond belief that someone who do something like that in a motor vehicle,” he said.
“The consequences, as you have seen, are very serious but they could have been more serious.
“Our thoughts are with the young person in hospital and we hope that he does make a full recovery.”
Facing the Perth Magistrates Court today, Mr Reah was bailed and remanded to appear next month.
He faces charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, failure to stop and ensure assistance received and failure to comply with a requirement to provide sample or accompany police.