'I wish I had taken my own life': Teen charged over crash that killed priest

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.

The accused driver, Peter Radinovic, said he wishes it was him who died. Source: 7 News

The 80-year-old retired priest was on his way to visit friends when he was fatally struck by a car. Source: 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.

Father Neville served at Mary Immaculate at Bossley Park before retiring from his duties a decade ago. Source: 7 News

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.

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