A GOLD Coast man hit speeds of more than 150km/h on the Pacific Highway, causing an off-duty policeman to smash head-on into a semi-trailer, killing him instantly near Halfway Creek, a court has heard.
Detective David McCormack was driving home when he was killed on August 12, 2007.
Chevron Island resident Mark Bombardieri, 22, has pleaded guilty to aggravated dangerous driving causing the death of Det. McCormack.
In Lismore District Court last week, Bombardieri wept, along with Det. McCormack's family and friends, when the officer's widow, Fiona, read her victim's impact statement.
The case was adjourned to July 24 for defence arguments.