& # 39; Judd is dead & # 39 ;: Drunk driver reveals the horrible moment he woke up in the hospital to find out he had killed his best friend in a super-fast crash after a nighttime down whiskey
- Jordan McGrath kept haunting and caused the crash that killed his best friend
- Got behind the wheel while drunk and lost control of the car in NZ's South Island
- Almost two years in prison because of the high speed with which Judd Hall died 26 years ago
- Would have spent more time in prison than the forgiveness of Hall's parents
- Released in 2016, he hopes to prevent others from making the same mistake
A convicted drunk driver remembers the heartbreaking moment he woke up in the hospital to the news that he had killed his best mate during a horrible super-fast crash.
Jordan McGrath continues to be haunted by his decision to go behind the wheel after driving a third of a bottle of whiskey in January 2014 to a party in Kumara, South Island of New Zealand.
He had two friends with him in the car, including Judd Hall, 26, who is now deceased.
On the way to the party, Mr. McGrath was clocked by the police who did 100km / h in a 50km zone in Greymouth.
While the police were chasing, Mr. McGrath, then 28 years old, accelerated to 142 km / h before losing control of the car, calling up to six times and crashing into an outboard roomshock, with Hall, 26, crashing into the back seat.
Jordan McGrath (photo) spent time behind bars about the death of a partner in a horror crash
When he later recovered at the hospital, friends were at his bedside with shouts of & # 39; Judd & # 39; s dead & # 39; and & # 39; do you know what you did? & # 39;
& # 39; I killed my mate … I'm 100 percent responsible – it's f … terrible & # 39 ;, McGrath said stuff this week.
& # 39; It's not the impact it has on you, it's the impact it has on the people around you. To see people below and beyond … I wouldn't want it on my worst enemy. It's terrible. & # 39;
He stayed in the hospital for a few weeks, while his other friend was also badly injured during the crash.
The life of Judd Hall was tragically broken down five years ago by a high-speed crash in New Zealand
Jordan McGrath lost control and bumped into a wooden surfboard in 2014, killing his mate
Police said Mr. MrGrath's alcohol content was 0.16, double the legal limit in New Zealand at the time, which has since been reduced to 0.05.
He described his actions as & # 39; despicable and disgusting & # 39; and still can't look at photos of his deceased friend.
& # 39; I haven't always been the strongest person in my entire life, but I knew this was a time to put my head down … and take responsibility. I went to court and put my hand on it. I just swallowed it and dealt with it in the best way I could. I have … to sleep & # 39; at night, & # 39; McGrath said.
Jordan McGrath (photo) was released from prison in 2016 and is now an apprentice builder
He was drunk behind the wheel clock speeds of up to 142 km / h when he crashed
He pleaded guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison with a non-parole period of two.
The magistrate told him that he had received more imprisonment. It was not because of the support of Hall's parents who urged the court not to send their son's murderer to prison.
& # 39; I have reasons to be a bitter old woman, but Jordan is not in it, & # 39; Judd & # 39; s mother Joe Hall (62) told Stuff.
& # 39; The way he has shown respect for me and he has answered everything that I have asked for means that he was Judd's friend.
The parents of Judd Hall (photo) have no bitterness towards the man who killed their son
Now an apprentice builder, McGrath has been working hard on a new start since he was released at the end of 2016
He hopes to prevent others from making the same mistake by telling his story.
While his partner's parents forgave him five years ago, Mr. McGrath still feels guilty.
& # 39; I don't think I deserve to go any further, & # 39; he said.
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