AWESOME FRIEND: Troy Dixon misses best mate Matt Cooper, who was killed by Kaylah Hadwen (inset).
AWESOME FRIEND: Troy Dixon misses best mate Matt Cooper, who was killed by Kaylah Hadwen (inset). Craig Warhurst

Friend angry fatal crash driver ‘got away with it’

"IF YOU'D ever met Matt, you'd have understood. He was worth so much more than that. It's an insult."

Troy Dixon is struggling to understand why the woman who sped through three give way signs before slamming into a car and killing his best friend, Matt Cooper, will only spend 10 months behind bars.

"Matt was a good guy and he deserved a lot better than this," he said.

Kaylah Jodynne Hadwen, 20, was sentenced in the Bundaberg District Court on Monday after she pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death in relation to the crash on New Year's Day last year that killed 34-year-old Bargara man Matt Cooper.

 

BEHIND BARS: Kaylah Hadwen was sentenced to ten months in jail on Monday.
BEHIND BARS: Kaylah Hadwen was sentenced to ten months in jail on Monday.

"I'm pissed off. I'm very angry that she can kill someone and pretty much get away with it. Ten months is nothing, it's a slap on the wrists," Mr Dixon said.

"It's not right. She was driving through intersections and speeding up and turning the lights off.

"If she'd been drinking it would be more understandable but to be sober and doing that kind of stuff behind the wheel of a car it's just stupidity and she killed my best friend doing it.

"Why would she be so reckless to do something like this? She killed someone's son, someone's best friend."

Mr Dixon described Mr Cooper as an awesome friend that he could always turn to in times of need.

"He would always be there for you no matter what," he said.

Troy Dixon misses his friend Matt Cooper who was killed by a reckless driver. Photo: Craig Warhurst/News mail
Troy Dixon misses his friend Matt Cooper who was killed by a reckless driver. Photo: Craig Warhurst/News mail Craig Warhurst

"He was a very fun loving guy, everyone he met loved him.

"He was very sociable. He was one of those guys if you were walking down the main street and bump into him, an hour and a half later you'd leave the conversation."

Mr Dixon said while he and Mr Cooper lost contact for a little bit during their friendship that spanned more than 15 years, after reconnecting they spoke every week.

"He would ring me up almost religiously," he said.

"He'd always ring me up and tell me how his week was going. He was telling me about his new religion he found. He became a Jehovah Witness."

Mr Dixon said he hoped other young drivers would understand how deadly irresponsible driving could be.

"Kids these days don't realise the consequences of what they are doing behind the wheel of a car. They need to grow up."


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