Australian mountain biker Chris Jongewaard pleaded not guilty before a District Court in South Australia on Monday, on charges of dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. In February last year, a car driven by Jongewaard knocked down his friend and training partner Matthew Rex, a promising cyclist with Stuart O'Grady's development squad, after the pair had been out celebrating Rex's 22nd birthday in Normanville, south of Adelaide.
Rex suffered serious head injuries and was put into an induced coma, but has since made a good recovery.
According to The Australian newspaper, Jongewaard was granted bail and will reappear before the District Court in March. The 28 year-old, an Australian national mountain bike champion, is hoping to gain selection for the Beijing Olympics this summer.