French fatal crash driver skips WA trial

Family members of crash victim Michael Lorne.

A French tourist who was due to stand trial in Perth over a crash on a West Australian regional road that killed a father-of-five has remained in his home country and failed to turn up to court.

Jean-Christophe Andre Kerambloch was charged with dangerous driving causing death after he allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road and crashed into 52-year-old motorcyclist Michael Lorne, south of Kalbarri, in July last year.

About 10 of Mr Lorne's family members travelled to Perth for the four-day trial, which was due to start on Monday.

Instead, the District Court of WA heard Kerambloch had gone to Paris to see his father, who was near death from cancer, and an arrest warrant was issued.

Kerambloch had originally been set to stand trial in May but it was rescheduled because an accredited interpreter had not been booked.

He had stayed in the state since the crash and had his bail renewed but varied so he could travel.

Defence counsel George Giudice said his client felt sorry for Mr Lorne's family.

Mr Lorne's brother-in-law Wayne Norris said Kerambloch shouldn't have been allowed to leave Australia and should be extradited back to WA.

"We're after justice for Michael," he told AAP outside court.

Mr Lorne also had three grandchildren.