Drunk driver 'buried' fatality
KINGSCLIFF resident Odin Gommesen can’t remember the crash that killed his big brother.
The psychologists call it post traumatic stress amnesia – something in Gommesen’s brain has buried the night he drove a mate’s Holden Commodore into a power pole, sending his brother, Myke Rudd, flying to his death.
Gommesen, 26, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to a charge of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death. He will be sentenced in the Lismore District Court on February 23.
Three other charges of driving the Commodore while it was unregistered and uninsured will go back to the local court on March 8.
Police facts presented to the court yesterday say the evening of December 19, 2009, began as a celebration, with Gommesen kicking back with a mate and a couple of beers at his Kingscliff unit. They drove the borrowed blue Commodore to a mate’s place for a couple more coldies and then to a party at Duranbah where they met up with Myke Rudd.
Mr Rudd was due to be married to his fiancée, Mia, in Newcastle in a few days – he had bought the suit for his wedding only the day before.