A Kaleen father has pleaded not guilty to charges linked to a car crash that claimed the life of his young daughter.
Christopher James Ward, 72, was formally charged with negligent driving causing death and failure to give way when he appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
He pleaded not guilty to both offences and the matter was set down for a hearing in August.
Acacia Ward, seven, was killed when a Nissan Pulsar that was driven by her father and a Nissan Navara collided at a Florey intersection on July 22 last year.
Police said the Navara had been travelling west on Southern Cross Drive and the Pulsar had been turning right into Chewings Street when the two vehicles crashed into each other about 7pm.
Paramedics treated Acacia at the scene but she was later pronounced dead at Calvary Hospital.
The defendant and the driver of the Navara were not physically injured but were traumatised by the smash, police said.
Acacia, a Kaleen Primary School student, was remembered as a brilliant musician who dreamed of becoming prime minister of Australia and was treasured by her parents.
Her mother, Linda, paid tribute to her daughter soon after her death and said Acacia was a confident and outgoing child capable of making anyone smile within minutes.
"She was a dancer, a musician, a performer, and when you were with her you could not help but smile yourself," she said.
Mrs Ward said Acacia, a year 2 pupil, could have achieved everything she wanted in life because she was a hard worker, naturally gifted and emotionally mature.
"I once asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up and she said; 'If I'm not a famous star then I will be the prime minister, but with the Greens, as people should look after the environment'."
Mrs Ward said her daughter's energy and personality made her a much-loved member of her school community.
"One day one of her friends broke her skin while playing and she took her to the front office to get a Band-Aid and put it on her. Acacia was very caring."