Former TV reporter pleads guilty after friend’s death in drunken accident

A former TV reporter has been described as a broken man after killing his friend in a drunken crash in… Melbourne’s east on February 27 last year.

Trent Evans, 45, pleaded guilty Thursday to guilty of driving that killed his friend, Rex Willox, in Burnley.

The former Channel 7 journalist faces jail time after admitting to losing control of Willox’s Mercedes in the east of the city.

Trent Evans, 45, pleaded guilty Thursday to guilty of driving that killed his friend, Rex Willox, in Burnley. (Nine)

The court heard the ex-journalist had double the legal limit after they both drank at least three bottles of champagne before getting behind the wheel.

Evans said the victim urged him to go faster as he reached speeds of 70 miles per hour in a 60 zone on Barkly Street.

The driver, Evans, lost control of the vehicle when he tried to make a right turn and the car slammed into a utility pole.

Willox, in the passenger seat, died on the spot.

The former Channel 7 journalist faces jail time after admitting to losing control of Willox’s Mercedes in the east of the city. (Nine)

Evans’ attorney Rahmin De Kretsert told the court that he had been in a nervous breakdown for five years at the time of the crash.

“His life was plunged into absolute chaos,” the defense attorney said.

The unemployed 45-year-old had become unstable from drug use and ended up homeless in a crisis shelter in Parkville.

Prosecutors pointed out that Evans had a history of bad behavior behind the wheel, including three convictions for drink-driving and a string of speeding violations.

The aspiring DJ is now facing a possible 20-year prison sentence.

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