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Deadlocked jury in cyclist hit-run trial
City Beach cyclist Tim Anderson. Picture: Supplied

Update, 7pm: A Perth man has been found guilty of helping his drunk friend flee after a hit and run which claimed the life of a City Beach cyclist.

A District Court jury took almost seven hours to convict Sean James Smith of helping his friend Ross Thomas Murray flee after Mr Murray knocked over cyclist, Tim Anderson, 26, with his car on March 8 last year.

After hearing three days of evidence, 10 of the 12 jurors this evening found Smith guilty of being an accessory after the fact.

Jurors were unable to reach an unanimous verdict earlier in the day and were asked to consider a majority verdict, which involved at least 10 jurors agreeing.

Mr Anderson's parents Ian and Val, who sat through the trial, said they believed justice had been served, but nothing could bring back their "beautiful" son.

"There is no doubt that (Smith's) actions were a major factor in our beautiful son Tim's death," Mr Anderson said outside court.

"It's been a trauma. We've got the memories which keep us awake at night. There's a big gaping hole in our lives."

Mr and Mrs Anderson said they hoped the guilty verdict would make Mr Smith reflect on his "awful actions".

Mr Anderson was fatally injured when he was hit from behind while cycling on Curtin Avenue. He died from his injuries in hospital.

On the afternoon of the crash, Murray and Smith had been drinking and socialising at a North Fremantle hotel but both left the pub in separate cars.

State prosecutor Mark Nicol said it was accepted Murray was the driver of the white Camry which hit Mr Anderson but alleged Smith knew his friend had hit someone when he helped him leave the Cottesloe area.

The trial heard the two men stopped on Marine Parade and spoke before removing a baby seat from Murray's vehicle and putting it in Smith's Commodore before leaving together in Smith's car.

Defence lawyer Evan Shackleton had argued that Smith did not know his friend had hit anyone with his car when he helped Murray leave the area.

Mr and Mrs Anderson said society needed to everything "in its power" to make roads safer.

"Take responsibility - think what you're doing. Don't drink and drive, don't do stupid things. There are no winners in this," an emotional Mrs Anderson said.

Mr and Mrs Anderson said Mr Smith's family, including his wife who has a young baby, had also been affected by the tragedy.

District Court judge Richard Keen will sentence Smith next month.

Smith was released on bail.

Murray pleaded guilty to aggravated dangerous driving causing death and failing to stop in the March crash which claimed Mr Anderson’s life and he was sentenced to five years and three months jail in August.