Alleged hit and run driver Luke Cousley refuses to face Wagga Local Court

AN ASHMONT man accused of fleeing an accident after the utility he was driving ploughed into a car on Wednesday, injuring five people, has refused to appear in court after being charged with four offences.

Luke Cousley, 24, was charged after being treated in the Wagga Rural Referral Hospital following his arrest late Thursday.

He was taken to the Wagga courthouse cells this morning for a videolink appearance in the Local Court.

But solicitor David Rofe told magistrate Erin Kennedy that Cousley refused to talk to a legal representative and did not want to appear on screen.

After considering the matter, Ms Kennedy adjourned the case until April 5 and formally refused Cousley bail.

She left the option open for Cousley to appear in court via videolink later in the day if he changes his mind.

Cousley is alleged to be the driver of a Toyota Hilux ute that crashed into a Holden Commodore about 1.10pm on Wednesday.

It is alleged Cousley was driving along Raye Street in Tolland and failed to give way to the Commodore, which was driving along Bruce Street.

Among the injured was a two-year-old boy, who was airlifted to the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick in a critical condition.

An eight-month-old girl and two 28-year-old women in the Commodore were taken to hospital but have since been discharged.

A 17-year-old boy, a passenger in the ute, was airlifted to the St George Hospital in Sydney on Thursday.

Police allege Cousley fled the scene after the crash and failed to give assistance to the injured.

He is charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm to the two-year-old boy, failing to stop and give assistance to the crash victims, not complying with a police direction to wait at the crash scene and driving while disqualified.