A newspaper deputy editor horrifically injured by a driver speeding at 170 kilometres per hour through an Adelaide CBD street has confronted the man in court, telling him he “did everything” to “kill me that night”.

Ben Hyde suffered a traumatic brain injury and serious burns when his car was hit by a ute driven by Luigi Gligora in October 2021.

At the time of the crash, Mr Hyde was a deputy editor at The Advertiser newspaper and was driving home from work.

Gligora was travelling at 170kph in a 60kph-zone on West Terrace, and later pleaded guilty to aggravated causing serious harm by dangerous driving.

In a victim impact statement in the District Court, Mr Hyde spoke of the ongoing effects of the crash on his life and career.

He directly confronted Gligora, describing his actions as “wildly reckless” and telling him he “did everything you could to kill me that night”.

“Layers of skin that rightfully belong on my leg, and that are now permanently grafted to my arm and torso, serve as a constant visual reminder of how you maimed me and left me in a burning car to die,” he said.

Luigi Gligora told the court he had no intention of causing any harm to Mr Hyde.(ABC News: Sophie Holder)

The court heard Mr Hyde had stepped down from his role as deputy editor and was now only working part-time because of his traumatic brain injury.

“The brain injury has affected my home life, my social life, my work life and the time I need for myself,” he said.

“Everything in life now takes so much more conscious effort and time to achieve the same result, and it’s bloody draining, tiring and depressing.

“I previously never had to choose between doing certain things in a day, or making sure I had enough rest and recovery time.

“Not anymore, and it’s because of you.”

‘Best person I had worked with’

Mr Hyde told Gligora he would “never be able to forgive you for the trauma and uncertainty you inflicted upon my loved ones”.

Mr Hyde’s wife Tania told the court that she had since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Lots of days are good, but there are many days I can’t function,” she said.

“I have nightmares or I’m utterly drained from filling in the gaps you’ve left my family with,” she told Gligora.

“I will never forgive you for the toll your crime has taken on our family.”

Mr Hyde leaves court with supporters including wife Tania.(ABC News: Sophie Holder)

The Advertiser’s former editor Matt Deighton said Mr Hyde was “the best person I had worked with” over 34 years at News Corp.

“One act of stupidity and selfishness has robbed Ben and his family of so much,” he said.

“Right at this moment, Ben should be editing one of our major mastheads.

“He should not have to be exhausted after a shift and then be forced to put on a brave face to say he is doing OK.”

Gligora also addressed the court, apologising for the trauma his actions had caused.

He said he “had no intention whatsoever to cause any harm” to Mr Hyde or his family.

Defence lawyer Craig Caldicott said that Gligora had told a psychologist that he had only intended to harm himself.

Judge Nick Alexandrides ordered a home detention report but said he had “not come to a concluded view” about the matter.

The case will return to court for sentencing.

Outside court, Mr Hyde publicly thanked his loved ones.

“I am so grateful for the support,” he said.

“It’s very clear today that I’ve got an amazing network of family and friends around me.”