Family of pregnant couple mowed down by teen high on drugs collapse as they reveal how crash tore their lives apart: ‘Happy times are gone forever’
- Matthew Field and Kate Leadbetter were hit by a drug driver in a 4WD in 2021
- The couple was six months pregnant and had walked their dogs
- Teen driver sentenced by Queensland Supreme Court on Wednesday
The family of a pregnant couple who died after being mowed down by a teen drunk on drugs and alcohol have spoken of their pain.
Matthew Field, 37, and Kate Leadbetter, 31, who was six months pregnant, were walking their dogs on Australia Day in 2021 in Alexandra Hills, southeast of Brisbane.
The now 18-year-old driver, who cannot be named as a minor, had stolen a white Landcruiser four-wheel drive and ran a red light before hitting a tow truck, rolling and plowing on the pair.
He then tried to flee, but was apprehended by a bystander and held until police arrived.
The family of a young pregnant couple (pictured) spoke about their pain after being killed by a drug driver
Kate Leadbetter, 31, (right) and Matt Field, 37, (left) were walking their dogs in Alexandra Hills, southeast of Brisbane
Police had originally called two murders against the teen and are considering a third for Miles, the couple’s unborn son.
However, the Queensland Supreme Court was told on Tuesday that the driver had pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter earlier this year.
The families of Ms. Leadbetter and Mr. Field were in court, reading heartbreaking statements about the impact of victims describing how the tragedy affected every part of their lives.
Jeannie Thorne, Mrs. Leadbetter’s mother, said she felt lost without her daughter.
“I should be in my other life, the life that has been snatched, the life of a mother and grandmother, I should be holding her baby boy,” Ms Thorne said. ABC†
John Leadbetter said he would never get on well and swap places with his daughter in the blink of an eye.
The stolen car the teen drove while under the influence of drugs after hitting a tow truck and hitting the couple (pictured)
Mr. Field’s father, Russell, said he felt “the happy times are gone forever” as he struggled to even enjoy memories of his son.
He also told the teen, who was in court when the statements were read, that he showed “contempt for life” and that fleeing from the crime scene was “the lowest of the lowest” acts.
Ann Field said her son and Mrs. Leadbetter were extremely happy and she now felt paralyzed.
“They had a beautiful life together and they brought a beautiful life into this world,” said Ms. Field.
Mrs. Leadbetter and Mr. Field were six months pregnant with their first child Miles (pictured)
In addition to the two counts of manslaughter, the teen also pleaded guilty to a range of other charges, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving under the influence and driving without a license.
The stolen car lurched close and even crashed into another cross, crossed the median strip and drove at over 100 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.
The driver will be convicted on Wednesday.