A distraught Tommy Balla, who killed policeman and father-to-be Aaron Vidal after he was returning home from work at Rouse Hill has broken down in court on Friday.
The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death after he ran a red light and ploughed into Constable Vidal’s motorbike at the intersection of Windsor and Schofields roads on June 18.
After confirming his guilty plea before Judge Stephen Hanley, Balla broke down with his partner comforting him and Constable Vidal’s family in the same courtroom.
Jessica Loh, the grief-stricken partner of Constable Vidal, 28, and his chief inspector father David, who worked with him at the Sydney City Police Area Command, attended court.
Ms Loh gave birth to the couple’s first child, Etzio, in January, after revealing at his funeral last year that she was expecting a son.
This week, court documents showed Balla, an aspiring rapper from The Ponds, was taking a call using his Mitsubishi Triton ute’s hands-free Bluetooth system when he ran the red light and collided with Constable Vidal’s Triumph motorbike.
Balla stopped at the intersection and claimed to police the right-hand turn arrow was amber as his ute entered the intersection and that he’d “panicked”.
“I just got past the white line, it changed red … I panicked, do I go? Do I stay? I felt it was safer for me to go, I turned the corner, I was probably near the exit of that turn before I felt someone hit behind the passenger seat,” Balla said.
Several witnesses confirmed to police that Constable Vidal had entered the intersection to head north when he had a green light.
The Bligh Park man died at the scene.
There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol contributing to the crash.
Sentencing was adjourned and the matter will return to court on June 4.
Balla’s bail was continued.
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