A teenage driver charged over a crash that killed a retired Catholic priest says he wishes he'd died instead.
Father Peter Neville, 80, was last month fatally struck by Peter Radinovic’s red Toyota Corolla while he was walking along a footpath in Cecil Hills on his way to visit some friends.
The 18-year-old P-plate driver on Wednesday made a heartfelt apology to his victim’s family.
"I just wanna apologise to the Neville family for what I've done,” he told 7 News.
“I wish I could have taken my own life but I ended up taking his unfortunately.”
He said he hasn’t left the house since that fateful day.
A pillar in the community, Father Neville served at Mary Immaculate at Bossley Park before retiring from his duties a decade ago.
Police said the teenager was behind the wheel and charged him with dangerous driving occasioning death.
Mr Radinovic did not enter a plea and the case was adjourned until April.
The case will now move to the District Court in Campbelltown where a tougher sentence can be imposed. If convicted of the charge, the 18-year-old could be jailed for up to 10 years.