A driver is set to stand trial accused of dragging a man under his car for 80 metres then leaving him to die in Melbourne.
Floyd Hennessy, 21, pleaded not guilty to charges including culpable driving causing the death of Peter Stojanovic at Dingley Village in December 2019.
Hennessy's friend, 19-year-old Brandon Cummings, also pleaded not guilty over the incident in the Melbourne Magistrate's Court.
Mr Stojanovic died after jumping on the roof of the car, becoming trapped underneath it and being dragged for about 80 metres, police said. He was found by a passer-by.
Hennessy was a learner driver at the time. He allegedly told police he'd felt someone under his car, then hid the vehicle in the bushes and caught a rideshare.
He described the man who jumped on the bonnet as a "psychopath", police also said.
Hennessy allegedly told investigators he'd been "tapping" van windows with Cummings to steal tools when Stojanovic intervened.
A friend who was with Stojanovic before he died said "what happened to my mate was wrong" while another described the incident as "like a bad dream".
The court was told Stojanovic had drugs including meth and THC in his system.
Hennessy faces eight charges including dangerous and careless driving, failing to render assistance, not having an experienced driver with him at the time, possessing cannabis and dealing with $1525 suspected of being the proceeds of crime.
Cummings is charged with four offences including culpable driving causing death, dangerous driving and failing to render assistance.
Both men remain on bail and are set to face a directions hearing on March 3.
Australian Associated Press