Man charged after allegedly interfering with corpse in Canberra crash

A man faces court over his shocking alleged actions after being the passenger in a fatal accident.

A man is to appear in court after allegedly interfering with a corpse following a fatal accident in northwestern Canberra last month.

Police are investigating the alleged actions of a 23-year-old Evatt man after he was the passenger in a fatal single-vehicle accident on Kingsford Smith Drive in Melba on May 20.

Police believe the man hit the driver’s body several times.

He is also said to have behaved insultingly towards witnesses, including threatening to kill a witness if they tried to calm him down.

The fatal accident happened in Melba at about 5:25 p.m. when a car crossed the median strip and northbound carriageway before hitting a tree.

The driver was found to have died from the impact.

The passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The man was summoned earlier this month to appear in court on three charges: improper interference with a dead human body, offensive conduct and reckless threatening to kill.

He is due to appear in court on Tuesday, where he will be formally charged.