This is the terrifying moment an unlicensed drunk driver veers into oncoming traffic and flips a stolen car, killing two women in south-west Sydney.
Dashcam footage captured the moment Tyron Knodler, 22, drove a stolen Toyota LandCruiser into oncoming traffic on Henry Lawson Drive in Peakhurst in March last year.
The 22-year-old was seen drinking from a stolen bottle of Jim Beam bourbon while behind the wheel and speeding between lanes before the tragic crash.
The collision instantly killed Canterbury Girls High School teacher Gayle Gibson and her friend Carol Chambers who was visiting from the Gold Coast.
Ms Gibson’s husband Tony Giorgio suffered minor injuries in the crash along with Ms Chamber’s partner Kim Alden, who spent a week in hospital with head injuries after the smash.
Knodler appeared at Downing Centre District Court on Thursday where he heard Ms Alden describe the night as the start of her ‘living nightmare’.
‘The defendant killed the two people I loved most in the world, together at the same time,’ she said tearfully via video link from Queensland, Nine News reported.
‘I lost my life that day too.’
Meanwhile the 22-year-old escaped the crash with a broken finger.
‘I was just trying to see a mate and I thought I was a sick c*** and just driving, too much to drink and boom – I just f***ing tipped the car,’ Knodler said in a police video at the time.
He told police ‘I think I killed someone’ in St George Hospital following the crash.
Ms Alden told the court it was hard enough that 30 people wanting to attend were told they were not allowed due to the coronavirus.
But she said not even having the defendant there was worse and said she wanted Knodler to hear her speak.
The group were out celebrating Ms Alden’s birthday before they were due to travel to the Middle East in the same week.
Ms Alden said they’d been out celebrating her birthday ahead of a trip to the Middle East she planned to take with Ms Chambers later that week,
‘Carol was my partner, my best friend, my lover, my confidant, my supporter for over 30 years. Now she is dead, for no good reason,’ she said.
Ms Alden has since been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and said she constantly has suicidal thoughts since the crash.
The 22-year-old is due to be sentenced in May for charges including manslaughter, high range drink driving in a stolen car while unlicensed and failing to stop after a car crash causing death.
Knodler has never held a driver’s licence, and had been drinking alone in a Padstow Park coping with family issues before getting behind the wheel.
He blew three-times over the legal limit, and after receiving his reading told police ‘not bad aye, f***. That’s why I crashed I guess.’