A driver who was so drunk he didn't remember being behind the wheel in a high-speed crash that left one man dead and two fighting for life has faced a Brisbane court.
Jerome Brian Pilot, 24, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and grievous bodily harm in the Brisbane District Court on Monday.
Pilot had been drinking heavily at a party at Bray Park, north of Brisbane, before driving Dion Gundy and two others home before midnight on September 28, 2018.
After just 1500 metres, Pilot lost control of the car on a sweeping left-hand bend, crossing to the wrong side of the road before mounting a gutter and crashing into a tree in the front yard of a Samsonvale Road home.
Front seat passenger Mr Gundy, 23, was killed instantly.
Two passengers, Daniel Hegarty and Christine Extross, were also critically injured.
More than two-and-a-half hours after the crash, Pilot's alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit at 0.206 and Pilot told police he did not think he was the driver.
Mr Gundy's family wept openly as details of the crash were described in court.
In a moving impact statement, Mr Gundy's mother Suzanne Gittoes said her son had been working hard to buy a home for his mother and six siblings.
"He was the rock of our family. My heart has been shattered into a million pieces," she said.
Injured rear passenger Mr Hegarty, then 19, spent more than a month in the hospital with critical brain injuries and has been left permanently disabled.
In his victim impact statement, Mr Hegarty said he could not face the emotional trauma of attending court.
He has learned to walk again, but relies on a walking frame and has permanently lost the use of his left arm.
"I had no quality of life for more than 18 months after the accident," Mr Hegarty said.
"I cannot write and my life will always be like that of a child."
Pilot admitted he had been drinking heavily even before the party and had lost track of how much alcohol he had consumed.
"He last remembers the keys to the car being pushed across the table from the victim because he himself was too intoxicated to drive," his barrister Carl Martinovic told the court.
"It haunts him."
Pilot expressed his condolences to Mr Gundy's family and apologised to the two people who were injured and their families.
The case has been adjourned to September 14.