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Elderly woman in court over scooter fatal

By AAP Newswire

An 87-year-old Melbourne woman charged over the death of an elderly man on a mobility scooter wants a driving ban lifted so she can take a test with VicRoads.

Antonietta Fasciale is charged with careless driving and dangerous driving causing death after allegedly hitting 86-year-old Donald Johnston as he drove a scooter at Bulleen, in the city's northeast, in March.

She is also charged with failing to stop at the traffic light stop line when the light was red.

Fasciale faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, when her lawyer Darryl Burnett successfully asked for a driving ban - part of her bail conditions - be lifted so she could take a test with VicRoads.

Mr Burnett also flagged future intentions to apply for further bail changes to allow the 87-year-old to visit family in America.

She has been ordered to surrender her passport but Mr Burnett said he was hopeful the pre-planned trip could still occur at a later time.

Magistrate Tara Hartnett told Fasciale she could remain seated during her appearance before the matter was adjourned for a committal mention on August 24.

Bespectacled Fasciale was accompanied by another woman in court.