Tradie who fell asleep at the wheel, lit a red light and killed a cyclist, says that instead, he & # 39; wished he was dead & # 39;
- Mehdi Sameri, 20, killed cyclist Colin Waters in a crash in Melbourne in July
- He stopped for coffee at 7-11 before falling asleep and lighting a red light
- The 20-year-old then ran over and killed the 49-year-old cyclist, Mr. Waters
- He said he wanted him to die instead of Mr. Waters and sorry for what he did
Mehdi Sameri (photo), 20, pleaded guilty of dangerous driving and caused the death of 49-year-old Colin Waters on Taylors Lakes
A driver without sleep who nodded behind the wheel, lit a red light and killed a cyclist in Melbourne, says he wished he had died instead.
Mehdi Sameri, 20, pleaded guilty of dangerous driving and caused the death of 49-year-old Colin Waters in Taylors Lakes on the morning of July 24 and failed to stop at the scene.
After driving to his boss's house and telling him what had happened, Sameri was brought back to the scene and then to a police station where he was arrested.
The apprentice plumber was inconsolable when police told him that the man he had struck had died.
& # 39; It just breaks my heart, you know, I'm so sorry. I wish I were dead instead of the person who died. I wish I was him instead, I wish it was me, & Sameri said during his interview report.
& # 39; I don't really know what to say. I'm so sorry. I'm sorry for the family of the man who lost his life. & # 39;
During a hearing in the County Court on Wednesday, defense lawyer Rahmin de Kretser said that these emotions continued to consume his client.
& # 39; He is sincerely and deeply sorry, & # 39; said Mr. De Krester, while Sameri wept at the quay.
Colin Waters, 49, (photo) cycled when Sameri hit him with his car after he was dozed behind the wheel
& # 39; He has again asked me to apologize on his behalf for what he did that morning. & # 39;
The court heard that Sameri had only slept five and a half hours the night before the crash.
He stopped at a 7-Eleven for coffee before falling asleep at the wheel for about one or two seconds.
He kept on driving before turning on a red light and plowing into Mr. Waters, who was thrown off his mountain bike and died on the spot.
Sameri told officers that he had fallen asleep or blacked out before he heard a loud bang and hit Mr. Waters' helmet against the windshield.
Waters had migrated from the UK to Australia two years ago with his wife Paula, his 27-year-old childhood sweetheart, and sons Kieran and Kyle.
At the time of his death, he worked as a Metro Trains contractor on a temporary skilled visa.
& # 39; My whole life and future has been changed by a tragic accident that should never have happened & # 39 ;, said Ms. Waters in a statement read to the court.
Sameri reportedly continued to ride before he ran a red light and plowed into Mr. Waters who was thrown off his mountain bike and died on the spot
Waters (photo) had migrated two years ago with his wife Paula from the UK to Australia
The family now faces the prospect of being sent back to the UK.
Mr. De Krester told the court that Sameri had fled Iran as a young boy and came to Australia by boat and promised his parents that he would make something of his life.
Sameri had no criminal history, worked with the police, and pleaded guilty at the first possible opportunity, he said.
He also wrote an apology letter to the Waters family.
Judge Paul Lacava suspended Sameri's hearing until December 7 to undergo an assessment of juvenile justice and psychological evaluation.
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