The parents of a 32-year-old father killed in an alleged hit-and-run crash have opened up about their pain and grief following the court appearance of the young man’s alleged killer.
“It’s killing me,” Teisha Brewer, the mother of Zackahrie Beau Hunt, said with tears in her eyes outside Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Alicia Barbara Frances Pickett has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and leaving an accident scene after she allegedly crashed into Mr Hunt in August last year.
“I’m the one who has to pick up the pieces with his (Zack’s) daughter,” Ms Brewer said.
Zack’s father Craig, standing next to Ms Brewer, told NCA NewsWire that he had promised his son at his funeral that “justice” would prevail.
“Nobody deserves to go like that,” he said.
The police allege Ms Pickett was driving erratically and at times on the wrong side of the road in the lead-up to the early morning collision in the city’s outer north.
“The accused did not stop to render assistance to the victim and did not present to police within 90 minutes,” the police allege.
The police also state Mr Hunt appeared to walk around erratically on the road before the crash and was lying down on the road when Ms Pickett allegedly ran over him.
The incident happened about 12.57am and the police allege Ms Pickett presented to the Elizabeth Police Station at 4.20am and told the police she was the driver of the car.
“The accused stated she had been driving in Elizabeth Downs and believed she may have run over a person lying in the middle of the road. She was visibly distressed,” the police said.
Ms Pickett has yet to enter pleas to the charges and is on bail.
Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal adjourned her case to March 13 while the prosecution and defence wait on a crash reconstruction affidavit.