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Indonesia crash charge doubt
Confusion surrounds possible charges against WA man Jake Drage who is being detained in Indonesia after fatal motorcycle accident.

A WA man who has spent seven weeks in custody over a fatal motorcycle crash in Indonesia will fight any charges laid against him.

West Java police have detained Jake Drage, 23, since the June 30 collision, in which he clipped a bike ridden by a teenage girl.

The girl’s mother, who was on the back, died of her injuries in hospital the next day.

It was reported on Monday that police had charged Mr Drage, from Geraldton, with reckless driving causing death.

But family spokesman Chris Gabelish said yesterday they were unaware of the charge and were seeking information from their Indonesian lawyers.

Mr Gabelish said the intention was to plead not guilty to any charge.

“We’ve maintained the accidental nature of (the collision),” he said.

“We would therefore welcome the opportunity to put Jake’s case forward before the court, should the prosecution wish to proceed.”

If found guilty, Mr Drage faces a maximum six years in jail and/or a maximum fine of Rp 12 million ($A1100).

West Java prosecutor Eka Aryana told local reporters there would be no special treatment for the Australian.

“The dossier has been accepted,” he said.

“Next we will set a date for trial, hopefully it won’t be long, one or two weeks.”

Mr Drage’s mother Tiena – who has been in West Java since her son was taken into custody – yesterday thanked family and friends for their ongoing support.

“The love and support you have shown us has been amazing,” she said.

“It’s not the easiest of situations, but we are remaining positive about things.”

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