A FAMILY fighting for justice for their son has received the backing of Senator Derryn Hinch.
Tyler Dean, 18, was killed in October last year after being hit by a four-wheel-drive while riding a motorised bike with a friend near Winchelsea.
A man has been charged, but is now on bail and free to continue driving.
His parents Jeynelle Dean-Hayes and Josh Hayes are pushing for changes to hit-and-run laws that allow the man charged in relation to the incident to remain on the road.
“Leaving the scene of an accident, especially a fatal one, is a dog act,” Mr Hinch said.
“You should not get bail. But if you do, then a bail condition must be that you must not get behind the wheel.”
Mr Hinch said he believed hit and run offenders were one of the most “cowardly, most despicable brands of criminal in this country”.
He said he supported the Hayes’ in their campaign to change state law.
“Put yourself in Jeynelle Dean-Hayes’ situation,” he wrote on his Justice Party Facebook page.
“Her precious 18-year-old son, Tyler, was riding a motorised bike with a friend near Winchelsea last October.
“The driver of a four-wheel-drive allegedly hit him and then fled the scene.
“He has been charged and released on bail.
“Tyler’s grieving mum sees his alleged killer on the road because, incredibly, he is allowed to drive a car.”
Mr Hinch urged residents to sign the family’s petition, which already has more than 30,000 signatures.
“I promise to raise it as an issue at the state election in November,” he said.
Mrs Dean-Hayes and Mr Hayes met with Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan to discuss their concerns about the law earlier this month.
The minister was receptive about their concerns, Mrs Dean-Hayes said.
“They understood completely where we’re coming from,” she said.
The couple wants justice for their boy, who had an amazing zest for life and was extremely caring.
“All I’ve got left is to try and live to make him proud of me,” Mrs Dean-Hayes said.
To view the petition visit https://www.change.org/p/luke-donnellan-hit-and-run-drivers-should-lose-their-licence-automatically