“I’ve had three near miss accident today because of trauma,” the message said. “I am not even there yet. I better move on with my life before I end up dead.”
Omigie said in a police interview that his car lost power and he was attempting to move it off the road, however a mechanical examination of the car found it did not have any faults. He said he did not notice anyone beeping their horn at him, despite not listening to the radio in his car.
Judge Culver said Omigie was motivated by a belated attempt to get to his usual exit for his own convenience, not a defect in his car, and his actions were at a high level of seriousness due to his “selfish disregard for drivers around him”.
She said he may not have been stopped for long, but the period of time he stopped was “significant” because “events progressed to a catastrophic point very quickly” and imminent impact would have been expected.
Judge Culver said the truck that hit Mr Shanley could not have stopped even if the driver had “superhuman reaction time”, and although the truck driver had traces of cannabis in his blood, there was no way he could have avoided the collision. The driver watched on as Omigie was sentenced.
Omigie told the court he was “heartbroken” and “completely devastated” that his actions resulted in the death of another human being, and said: “I regret everything”.
Judge Culver said Omigie has shown remorse and has good prospects of rehabilitation. She also noted the “enormously devastating harm” caused to the loved ones of Mr Shanley, including his fiancée Broc Nicholson, who wrote in a moving statement that she is not the same person as she was two years ago.
“The court extends its condolences to Ms Nicholson for the loss of her fiancée,” Judge Culver said. “This matter is a tragedy. No sentence can ever be a measure of human life, nor the suffering caused by the loss of human life.”
Omigie will be eligible for parole in April 2023.
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