Tighes Hill fatal crash: drunk driver who blamed mate now feels guilt, remorse

Updated May 10 2024 - 4:30pm, first published 2:00pm

A HIGH-RANGE drink driver who caused a horrific crash at Tighes Hill that killed one of his best friends and then immediately told repeated lies blaming the dead man now feels remorse and regret and is suffering mental health issues, Newcastle District Court has heard.

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Sam Rigney

Court Reporter

Sam began his Newcastle Herald career as a night police reporter in 2011. He is an experienced court reporter who has won two national court reporting awards, including the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Court Reporting for his coverage of the Hunter's worst serial rapist. Before working at the Herald, Sam was a sports journalist with the Maitland Mercury where he won awards for his coverage of the Newcastle Rugby League salary cap scandal. Sam is a Novocastrian born-and-bred.

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