Dhirren Singh Randhawa pleads guilty to causing death of SA Police Commissioner’s son during Schoolies

A teenager has admitted causing the death of the South Australian police commissioner’s son in a horrific accident during a school celebration.

Dhirren Singh Randhawa, 18, was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Charlie Stevens on November 17 last year.

18-year-old Charlie Stevens – who is the son of current state police commissioner Grant Stevens – was struck and killed while celebrating school holidays with friends at Goolwa Beach, 67km south of Adelaide.

During an appearance in Adelaide Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Mr Randhawa pleaded guilty to one count of driving without due care.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing death.

Prosecutors dropped charges of dangerous driving causing death and failing to answer a question about the identity of the driver or owner of the vehicle.

Randhawa is due back in court on August 9 for arraignment on the charges to which he pleaded guilty.

Commissioner Stevens and his family were present at the arraignment and spoke briefly before the court.

“We came to the magistrates’ court today and we heard that Dhirren pleaded guilty to gross negligence causing death and leaving the scene of a collision,” he told 9 News.

“This is one step in the process, we have a few more steps to go, so I think it would be appropriate to say more later.

“I think we would like to acknowledge on behalf of our family that Dhirren has taken responsibility for his actions that caused us to lose our son Charlie. We have also received a letter of apology and will take the time to read it.

“Thank you for your understanding.”

Randhawa remains on bail.

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