The heartbroken fiancee of a young police officer who was killed in a road smash months before their wedding revealed at his funeral that she is expecting a son.
Constable Aaron Vidal was on his way home from work on June 18 when a ute collided with his motorcycle in Rouse Hill in Sydney’s north-west.
Police allege the tragedy unfolded when 37-year-old Tommy Balla failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Windsor and Schofields roads.
Despite desperate attempts by paramedics to revive the 28-year-old, he died at the scene.
His pregnant fiancee Jess joined hundreds of colleagues, family and friends at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney’s CBD on Monday to farewell the father-to-be.
Constable Aaron Vidal, 28, with his pregnant fiance Jess before he was killed in a road accident
NSW Ambulance paramedics performed CPR on Const Vidal but attempts to save his life were unsuccessful and he died at the scene
‘You were a proud dad to be and busting to find out our baby’s gender and you wanted so bad to share that exciting news with everyone. Well darling here is your last wish, we are having a baby boy,’ she said, according to The Daily Telegraph.
‘I have no doubt he will grow up to be just as stubborn, handsome, witty, loving and wise, just like you… to the love of my life, always and forever.’
His teary-eyed father David – who worked alongside Constable Vidal at the Day Street Police Station in Sydney’s city centre – delivered a eulogy with lines he expected to say on his son’s wedding day.
‘Your child will miss out on the best father they could have ever wished for. Your friends, army mates and both blood and blue families will miss you,’ he said.
His pregnant fiance Jess joined hundreds of colleagues, family and friends at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney’s CBD on Monday to farewell the father-to-be
Police officers are pictured at the funeral service of Aaron Videl who died in a road accident
Police officers lined the street in Sydney’s CBD to pay their respects to Constable Aaron Videl
Inspector Vidal vowed to cherish his unborn grandson, as Constable Vidal’s younger brother mourned the loss of the man he was going to stand beside during his nuptials to Jess.
The busy road outside the cathedral came to a standstill to allow hundreds of loved ones and police officers to pay their respects, as the hearse made its way down the street.
A friend described the service to Daily Mail Australia as bittersweet.
‘It was incredible to see how many peoples lives Aaron touched, but the circumstances were heart-wrenching,’ she said.
Hundreds of police officers gathered at Constable Videl’s funeral on Monday to mourn the loss of their colleague
The busy road outside the cathedral came to a standstill to allow hundreds of loved ones and police officers to pay their respects, as the hearse made its way down the street
Police stand to attention at the funeral of Constable Aaron Vidal at St Mary’s Cathedral on Monday
‘Seeing the road outside the cathedral shut down, lined by police officers and friends was an incredible way to commemorate the life of someone who was taken too soon.’
She said the moment it started raining as the church bells rang at the end of the service – while lines of police officers saluted their fallen colleague – was heartbreaking.
Constable Vidal was an organ donor and his death saved two lives, 7 News reported.
Balla – who claims he is a songwriter and rapper who goes by the stage name ‘Tom-E-Gun’ but has worked as an elevator technician for six years – wasn’t injured in the crash.
Constable Vidal worked alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal (right)
The father-of-two appeared in court last Friday charged with dangerous driving and negligent driving – both occasioning death, but insisted the light was green when he turned the corner, according to Nine News.
Appearing at Parramatta Local Court via video link, Balla broke down in tears when his driving record was read out to the court.
It included six speeding offences and two instances of using his mobile phone while driving.
Police prosecutor Kay Ferguson told the court Balla did not understand the ‘responsibility involved in having a driving licence.’
Balla – who claims he is a songwriter and rapper who goes by the stage name ‘Tom-E-Gun’ but has worked as an elevator technician for six years – wasn’t injured in the crash
Balla is yet to enter a plea, but was granted bail and is set to appear in Blacktown Local Court on August 14
He is yet to enter a plea, but was granted bail and is set to appear in Blacktown Local Court on August 14.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said during the service on Monday that Constable Vidal – who also served in the Australian Army – was a ‘natural leader’.
‘Aaron will be remembered for his cheeky smile, boundless energy and the speed and form of his burpees.’