A MAN accused of killing his friend in a car crash has appeared in court for the first time.
Agris Pavlos, of Jessie Road, Southsea, spoke through a Latvian interpreter to confirm his identity during the hearing at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.
The 29-year-old carpenter is charged with causing death by careless driving and failing to provide a specimen to police following the crash, which happened at about 9.40pm on Sunday.
He is alleged to have failed to provide a breath sample at the scene and again at Queen Alexandra Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.
Pavlos, who has been in the UK since 2008 and worked on building the Olympic Stadium, is alleged to have lost control of his BMW three series which left the road and flipped onto its roof at the junction of Western Road and Portsbridge roundabout in Cosham.
His housemate, Arturs Kurvics, 43, who was a front seat passenger in the car, was killed.
Pavlos’ girlfriend, 23, who was in the back of the car, suffered serious injuries but has since been released from Queen Alexandra Hospital.
District Judge Anthony Calloway remanded Pavlos in custody to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court in October when he is due to enter pleas to the charges.
He told Pavlos, who is using crutches to walk following the crash: ‘The situation is that this matter is due to go to the crown court.
‘This is a matter of extreme seriousness, you don’t need me to say that.’