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Driver 'too close' before WA teen's death

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July 17, 2017

The mother of a teenager who died in the WA Goldfields while riding a stolen motorbike leaves court.

A man accused of killing a teenager by running him down as he rode a stolen motorcycle in WA's Goldfields region told police he was chasing the boy but didn't mean to drive over him, a court has heard.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was aged 55 in August last year when he was charged with manslaughter over the death of 14-year-old Elijah Doughty in Boulder, near Kalgoorlie.

The Supreme Court of WA heard on Monday the man saw the boy riding one of two motorbikes that had been stolen from a container outside his house the day earlier, gave chase and was too close when the teen suddenly turned in front of his ute.

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