A driver on a suspended licence has been charged after a man his 70s was killed when a car ploughed into alfresco seating on Pier Street in Perth’s CBD on Friday night.
Several other people were injured and rushed to hospital by ambulance.
The 60-year-old man from Walebing has been charged with dangerous driving causing death in circumstances of aggravation and no authority to drive.
He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, via a bedside sitting.
It is understood the initial crash was between a white Toyota Corolla and a black SUV just before 6.30pm — with the collision then impacting pedestrians and several other cars outside My Place Bar and Restaurant.
At least four vehicles were hit during the horrifying incident — with one flipped onto its roof — in the trail of destruction.
It is understood the man who died was a bystander on the street.
The driver of one of the cars, who is in his 60s, is being treated in hospital and assisting police with enquiries.
A 41-year-old man remains in Fiona Stanley Hospital in a serious condition. Four other men, believed to be in their 20s, were also taken to hospital with injuries. Two have now been discharged.
Scott Allpress was walking past Pier Street when the crash happened.
“It was carnage, I was walking down the street when I just saw this car flying past me,” Mr Allpress said.
“He then just lost it and crashed through dining tables and chairs of a restaurant and smashed into other cars.
“As I was walking through it just looked like they were shooting a movie it was that bad … it just didn’t seem real.”
Another witness told The West Australian all he heard was people screaming and loud bangs as he was walking down Hay Street.
“People were yelling and screaming and one person was shouting, ‘My leg, my leg.’ It was horrific,” the witness said.
“Everyone just started running and this car was upside down on the road. It lost its tyre and everything.
“It was carnage. Absolute carnage. The car was flying so fast through the street.”
Another witness told The West he was sitting at the My Place Bar and Restaurant moments before the impact of the crash.
He reports it was a white car that was travelling the wrong way down Pier street when it collided with the black four-wheel drive.
“The car was driving and it was clearly lost or dumb. It ran through all the pedestrians sitting at the bar and the black car crash into it,” he said.
He also reported the black Toyota was travelling “extremely fast” and had “run through a red light.”
DFES have blocked off both sides to Pier Street, with hotel guests staying at the Seasons of Perth unable to enter the hotel until the crash site is cleared.
Owner of the Ikhwan Cafe, which is several doors down from the My Place bar, said she heard several loud bangs then someone yelling “call an ambulance”.
“I walked out and there was a person getting CPR on the floor, with 3-4 other people on the floor as well. They were all diners at the bar,” she said.
“The car was flying, all my customers said he was going so fast and then rolled several times.”
The cafe owner said the driver looked to be a man and that “a few other people were in the car with him.”
“People just started running to help. The driver of the car looked ok, there were people trying to talk to him. Other people were very badly injured but, the car hit them before it rolled,” she said.