The driver of a Lamborghini that hit and killed teenager Sophia Naismith outside an Adelaide restaurant in June 2019 has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving.

Key points:

  • Sophia Naismith, 15, was killed when she was hit by a Lamborghini Huracan
  • Alexander Campbell has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving
  • He will face court again in May

Alexander Campbell was driving the Lamborghini Huracan when he struck the 15-year-old and her friend Jordan Callea.

He was charged with causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

The two girls were hit on the footpath in front of the House of Tien restaurant at Glengowrie on June 22, 2019.

Both were treated by paramedics but Ms Naismith, of Seaview Downs, died at the scene while Ms Callea, a 15-year-old from Richmond, was rushed to the Flinders Medical Centre.

Mr Campbell’s lawyer, Craig Caldicott, had previously indicated his client intended to plead not guilty.

Mr Campbell showed no emotion as he entered a not guilty plea in the Adelaide Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Alexander Campbell (front right) outside the Adelaide Magistrates Court.(ABC News: Mahalia Carter)

In court, Mr Caldicott argued his client’s charges should be downgraded, claiming the evidence was “all over the shop”.

He said Mr Campbell was driving safely, travelling at 53 kilometres per hour in a 60kph zone.

Ms Naismith was outside a restaurant at Glengowrie when she was killed.(Supplied)

“We’re a bit disappointed — we thought there was no case to answer, [but] unfortunately, her honour (Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal) found there was a case to answer,” Mr Caldicott said.

“This is clearly a case of no alcohol, no drugs, no inattention, and it was moderate acceleration, bearing in mind he was travelling 50 kilometres at the corner of Bell Street.”

But prosecutor Tim Preston said there was evidence to support the dangerous driving charge.

Committal court hearings have focused on the type of tyres used by the car, and the driving mode it was in at the time of the crash.

Ms Naismith’s parents, Pia Vogrin and Luke Naismith, outside court.(ABC News: Mahalia Carter)

Speaking outside court, Sophia’s father Luke Naismith said he was “pleased” the case would be going to trial.

“We hope to see some justice for the senseless loss of our daughter Sophia,” Mr Naismith said.

Mr Campbell will reappear in court in May.