BRISBANE, Australia — When Mark Dyer, 43, was driving his family’s car in the city’s west on Saturday night, he crossed paths with a man who had just been arrested for drunken driving.
The police officer who pulled the man over did not see the vehicle parked in front of the home where Dyer was staying with his parents.
The two men had just returned from a party.
They had exchanged words over a bottle of wine.
Dyer then drove off in the driver’s seat, hitting the car and killing one of the occupants, who was not hurt.
“He’s not a good person,” said his mother, Linda.
“It’s so sad.
It’s really sad, really sad.”
On Monday, Dyer’s wife, Karen, told the media she was devastated.
“I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep at night,” she said.
“We don’t know what happened, we don’t even know what he did.
I don’t want to believe it, but I don’st think it will happen to me.”
Dyer and a friend had just started a new job at the local McDonalds.
He was a “good guy” with a great sense of humor, she said, but it was his driving record that had put him at risk.
Karen said she believed her son had been involved in a car accident before, but this time he had “a whole new set of problems.”
She described the driver as a white man, about 5-foot-7, with a thin build and brown hair.
“There was no blood,” she told The Associated Press.
He just had a bad bruise on his leg.”
Dyers friends described him as a quiet, hard-working father of four, a member of the community who had worked in construction and had a love of music.
Karen Dyer said the two were “very close.”
She said Dyer had recently lost his job in the construction industry.
“This is a big loss,” she added.
“When he lost his livelihood, he lost so much of his family.
He’s a very close friend, he’s a big part of the neighbourhood.”
The driver had not been arrested.
Police said he had been pulled over by police just before midnight and that the officers smelled alcohol in his vehicle.
“After seeing a blood-alcohol content reading, officers immediately took Dyer into custody and booked him into the King County Jail for DUI and Motor Vehicle Accident,” according to a statement from the King Country Sheriff’s Office.
Dyers family said in a statement that he was a good man who loved his family and had many friends.
They said he was an avid soccer player and “was a huge supporter of the local community.”
“He was a great man,” they said.
The family also said Dyers mother, Diane, was an advocate for the community.
“Mark was a loving and caring father and loved his children,” the statement said.
Police did not release the man’s name.
He is being held on $20,000 bail and is due back in court on Aug. 10.