A licensed teenage pilot reportedly under the influence of alcohol was charged with the death of a passenger after his car crashed into a crash barrier and was rolled off a road in the southeast of the country.
The 18-year-old Naracoorte man was behind the wheel of a car with two other passengers when it crashed at 16.30 on the Riddoch Highway.
One of the passengers, a 23-year-old Victorian man, died on the spot.
A second passenger, a 22-year-old man, was also injured in the crash and was taken to the Naracoorte Hospital before being flown to the Flinders Medical Center.
The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Naracoorte hospital for treatment and blood alcohol testing.
He reportedly returned a reading of .107, more than twice the legal limit.
On Saturday night, Major Crash researchers accused the teenager of aggravation that caused death and caused injury through dangerous driving, driving without a license, driving under the influence.
He was refused the deposit and appears Monday in the Magistrates Court of Mount Gambier.
The crash happened only a few hours after, and a few kilometers from, another crash on the Riddoch Highway, which killed a 29-year-old Naracoorte man.
Just after 8.30 am two cars and one ute collided with the highway, near Clarksons Rd at Mt Light, 5 km south of Naracoorte.
The only occupant of a Ford sedan – a Naracoorte man, 29 – died, while two other drivers were brought to the Naracoorte hospital with minor injuries.
Both crashes take the road toll from the state to 47, compared with 65 last year at the same time.