NILSSON Smyth made clear his dangerous intentions with a foolhardy stunt along Gap Road in Albury.
Nilly, as Jessica Kidd called Smyth, was driving “really fast” and overtook another a car.
That was as he headed up the hill, and he didn’t even bother to cross back to the left side of the road.
“I told him that I didn’t want to die tonight and to get back to the other side of the road.”
And yet he refused to stop and continually ignored the pleas of Miss Kidd, who was in the passenger seat beside him, and Kyralee Clark in the back.
Smyth already had a bellyful of booze.
One mate reckons he had drunk four stubbies from a six-pack of beer at a drinking session that day with friends at Lake Hume.
One witness, Daniel Guiney, told police how he had given Miss Kidd her keys during the afternoon at Smyth’s then Wodonga home.
He told Miss Kidd to hide the keys and not let Smyth drive as “we were all planning to start having a big night and he was drinking”.
The Coroner’s Court in Wodonga heard yesterday that Smyth had been a problem drinker — binge sessions and, occasionally, drugs — since he was a 15-year-old living in Benalla.
Soon after his Gap Road antics, an unmarked police car saw Miss Kidd’s 2005 silver Holden Astra quickly turn into Ryan Road from Tenbrink Street.
The officers turned on their lights and sirens to catch up to the Astra, which turned left into Burrows Road and overtook another car before speeding up to 100km/h after passing the Logan Road intersection.
Smyth then really put his foot to the floor, heading east in Union Road at more than 160km/h.
Police had no choice but to turn off their lights and sirens and pull over as the Astra barrelled towards the five-ways intersection in Lavington.
The car stopped for no one as Smyth ran a red light. In just one minute the pursuit had covered two kilometres.
Miss Kidd couldn’t remember seeing any other cars, but she could recall Kyralee’s pleas.
“Kyra was sitting in the back behind Nilly and she was crying and she kept saying over and over ‘pull over’,” she said.
Smyth ignored later pleas to stop to let them out.
Soon afterwards a police car tried to block Smyth as he exited the freeway’s Borella Road offramp, but he drove around the back of the car and took off, flying along East Street, and got back onto the freeway from East Street to head south on the freeway.
By then the car was going at 180km/h, took the Bandiana Link Road at 120km/h and then soon hit 160km/h — with the Astra’s lights now turned off — before turning left onto the Murray Valley Highway.
The car was back up to 180km/h as it passed the Kiewa Valley Highway intersection.
Prosecutor Andy Moore said the Astra crashed after Smyth failed to negotiate a curve at close to 175km/h.
The pursuit from Borella Road started at 12.26am.
It was all over with the crash at 12.33am.