A drunk driver who ran over and killed his friend hours after having Christmas drinks with him has pleaded with West Australians not to drink and drive.
Troy Morrissey was drinking with colleague and cricket teammate Gordon Pashen on December 11, 2011, when Mr Pashen decided to walk home from the Walkabout Hotel Motel in Port Hedland.
Mr Morrissey, a former jockey, stayed at the hotel another 1½ hours before getting in his Ford Falcon and attempting to drive home.
Speeding and "fishtailing" along the Great Northern Highway, he ran down Mr Pashen, 36, who was walking 1.5m off the road.
When police arrived, Mr Morrissey was covered in Mr Pashen's blood trying to revive him, saying, "I killed my mate, I killed my mate."
Mr Morrissey, 35, had a blood alcohol level of 0.17 - nearly 3½ times the legal limit.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 22 months jail but served 11 months.
Mr Morrissey has broken his silence to speak about his deep remorse in the hope others will learn from his mistake.
"I knew when I got in the car that I'd had too much but I thought, as people do, 'You'll be right, there'll be no one on the road'," he said.
"It's probably the worst thing anyone can ever go through - not really what you do to yourself but what you do to their family.
"That's what plays a lot on your mind, of what you've done to that family."
As the second anniversary of Mr Pashen's death approaches, Mr Morrissey had a message for people tempted to drink and drive: "Don't think it can't happen to you.
"Take it from someone that it's happened to - it's not something you want to go through. Respect yourself and others. It's about courtesy. You'd hope everyone else wasn't drink-driving and you shouldn't do it either.
"The laws are there for a reason - from a young age everyone gets told what's right and wrong.
"I don't care how much alcohol you've had, you still know when you get in the car that you shouldn't be getting in it. That's pretty simple to me."
Mr Morrissey said thoughts of guilt and shame would haunt him for ever.
"There are 1001 things that have gone through my mind as to why it happened," he said. "Even though I was pissed, I don't know why I didn't see him. It's a pretty awful thing that happened but I can't take it back - no doubt I would if I could."
Mr Pashen's sister Belinda, who lives in Queensland, found out about his death via Facebook.
"His death came as a complete shock to us," she said. "I had the worst job in telling our parents and my sister that he was gone.
"I still remember to this day the look on my Dad's face when I told him that his son was gone.
"I am in tears at the moment as the memorial of his death is coming up. It's hard knowing we will never see him again and the only way we get a glimpse of him is in his two girls.
"The punishment for drink-driving causing death should be a hell of a lot harsher than it is."