A Prospect man who was allegedly driving dangerously when his friend fell off the tray of his utility and suffered serious injuries has pleaded not guilty.
Travis John Rigby, 30, pleaded not guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court to causing grievous bodily harm to Troy Thomas Brooks about 7.45pm on July 12, last year.
Police allege Mr Rigby, who was under the influence of alcohol and cannabis, drove his Holden Rodeo around a corner at excessive speed that resulted in an unrestrained Mr Brooks falling from the tray.
Mr Rigby also pleaded not guilty to driving while disqualified, while exceeding 0.05 (0.053), with a prescribed illicit drug, an unroadworthy vehicle and failing to lodge a transfer registration.
The incident in Bartley Street, Hadspen, resulted in the 34-year-old Mr Brooks being taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital in a critical condition.
Magistrate Simon Brown bailed Mr Rigby to appear in the Supreme Court for trial on June 9, 2020.