A Geraldton man who caused a crash which killed three people while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, left the scene, walked home and went to bed, the Supreme Court has been told.
Amiel James Tittums was driving at an average speed of between 157 and 165 kilometres per hour in a 90kph zone when his car struck another vehicle from behind on Chapman Road in Glenfield in the early hours of August 17 last year.
The car he hit smashed into trees and burst into flames, killing Felicity Pallett, 23, Coen Kentwell, 27, and Michael Hook, 31.
The Supreme Court was told Tittums made no effort to help the trio, left his car at the scene, walked 1.5 kilometres to his home, showered and went to bed.
He was 2.5 times the legal alcohol limit and had methamphetamine in his system.
When police turned up at his house hours later, Tittums told them he did not know where his car was.
However, officers found he had bruising under his shirt consistent with a seatbelt injury.
During sentencing submissions in court, Tittums’ lawyer Linda Black said her client, who was 35 at the time, could not recollect exactly what happened because he may have been in a state of shock.
But she said he admitted he did a “terrible thing”, made no excuses for his behaviour and accepted he would pay a price.
‘Irreparable damage to three families’
State prosecutor Mark Nicol said Tittums’ “selfish and reckless behaviour” had caused “irreparable damage to three separate families” and his moral culpability was high.
He argued the fact the accused was able to get home was inconsistent with him having no recollection and being in a state of shock.
Tittums has pleaded guilty to three counts of dangerous driving causing death in circumstances of aggravation, failing to stop and failing to report the incident to police.
He is due to be sentenced on December 9.
The charges relating to driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol will be heard in the Magistrates Court.
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