Driver in court over pedestrian death

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A driver accused of killing a pedestrian at a red light crossing in Melbourne accidentally hit the accelerator, his lawyer says.

Tony Page, 69, is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a 74-year-old man at South Yarra on April 10 this year.

His is on bail and currently banned from driving but his lawyer Lauren Cassimatis has flagged a bid to allow him on the roads for essential travel.

Page lives alone and has no other support to help him with grocery shopping or to get to medical appointments, she told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Ms Cassimatis said her instructions were that Page had accidentally hit the accelerator while he was stopped at the red light.

He is seeing a psychologist, she said.

Magistrate Guillame Bailin said he believed the condition banning him from driving was fair and wasn't prepared to overturn it without evidence that Page had no other community support available.

His case will return to court on August 29.

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