A professional Perth golfer accused of a hit-and-run that killed an elderly man on the freeway in October 2019 claims he was suffering a medical episode at the time and did not have control of his body.
Matthew Sturmer, 47, is on trial in the Perth District Court, accused of dangerously driving his Holden Rodeo ute north along Kwinana Freeway near South Perth when he crashed into a car, sending it spinning out of control, before ploughing into the back of the 72-year-old’s motorcycle around 4pm.
The motorcyclist died at the scene.
Sturmer accepts he was involved in the crashes and drove for more than one kilometre with the Harley Davidson trapped under his car before stopping, but claimed it was because he was suffering a seizure-like episode.
During his opening address on Monday, Sturmer’s lawyer Darryl Ryan said his client had just finished work and was driving along the freeway when he suddenly began to feel off.
“He could see cars slowing down,” he said.
“He was aware he needed to slow down however he couldn’t control his body or move his arms or legs.”
A witness to the crash claimed Sturmer appeared in a dazed state, and did not apply his brake during the ordeal.
Ryan said the golfer had a history of suffering medical episodes which he had previously sought medical treatment for, and believed had been brought under control.