A driver who killed a man in a head-on crash has told his victim’s partner he lived “to pay for what I’ve done”.
Lewis Stratford met Meg Williamson ahead of his sentencing for the crash he caused during an argument with his girlfriend on the phone.
Gavin Roberts, 28, died after Stratford’s car crossed the central reservation on the A34, in Oxfordshire.
At the meeting, which Ms Williamson set up, Stratford, 24, said he knew he had ruined lives.
“When I had the message she wanted to meet me I felt upset because I’m guilty and I feel like a bad person,” he told the BBC, which filmed the encounter.
Ms Williamson asked to see Stratford, of Field Avenue, Oxford, after he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He is due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 3 March.
He had been driving southbound towards his girlfriend’s home, while Mr Roberts, an Australian was living in Swindon – was going northbound on his way to work as an electrical engineer.
Stratford lost control of his Vauxhall Corsa during the argument on 11 June last year and crashed through the barrier before colliding with Mr Robert’s BMW.
Both men were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but while Stratford survived, Mr Roberts’ died hours later.
Speaking about the night her boyfriend died, Miss Williamson said: “I just remember sitting next to him begging him, praying for him to wake up – I’d have swapped places with him.”
In the meeting, Stratford was the first to speak, saying: “I know I’ve caused a lot of pain with something that could have waited till the next day.
“I know the lives I’ve ruined, I deserve everything I get. I am sorry but I can’t keep saying that because it’s not going to make things better.”