National

Ice driver pleads guilty to killing off-duty cop

Ice driver pleads guilty to killing off-duty cop
A driver high on ice and reaching speeds of close to 200km/h has pleaded guilty to killing a veteran police officer in a crash in Victoria's Gippsland region.
Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk was taking part in a motorbike ride across Victoria – remembering officers who had died in the line of duty - with his son when he was struck and killed by a drugged-up driver who was on his way to hospital to visit his newborn son.
Jesse Reid, 22, looked at the floor and was shaking throughout much of today's hearing as the County Court heard the young father had smoked ice and drank beer before getting behind the wheel.
Dashcam footage from another car showed Reid flying around blind corners on the wrong side of the road. (9News)
Reid was on his way to the hospital to visit his newborn baby. (9News)
Dashcam footage from other motorists - and vision from Reid's own mobile phone - in the lead up to the crash were played to the court.
The terrifying video shows Reid bragging about reaching speeds of up to 200km/hr while overtaking other drivers on double white lines and around blind corners.
"When you're too f**ked to drive and you've got a baby due," Reid says into the camera.
His son, Felix Kostiuk, saw his 54-year-old father desperately try to swerve to avoid the car that was travelling at 137km/h when it hit him.
Despite the best efforts of his son and other off-duty officers, he couldn't be saved.
Video from Reid's own phone showed the cars speedometre reaching speeds of close to 200km/h (9News)
The new father admitted on camera he was too f**ked to drive. (9News)
Mr Kostiuk's wife Pauline - who is a former policewoman -  looked at Reid today as she gave her statement to the court saying: "You killed the love of my life. He is not the deceased, he is not the victim, he is Victor."
Felix has been unable to return to work following his father's death saying he suffers up to 20 flashbacks in any given hour of the day.
He wants his father to be remembered as a courageous and loving family man, who dedicated a big part of his policing career to helping women and children affected by domestic violence.
Reid's lawyer said the young man had been abusing drugs since he was a child and asked the judge for a lenient sentence.
© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2019