Jo Lim was banned from driving and on bail when he smoked ice for breakfast and got behind the wheel of a borrowed car in Melbourne.
He lost control of the vehicle and slammed into Lisa Di Donato, a 27-year-old pharmacist on her way home from yoga on February 15 this year.
Ms Di Donato died at the scene outside a shopping centre in Rowville. Her devastated family was in the Melbourne County Court today to face her killer.
“This man has destroyed our life, he’s destroyed our lives,” the victim’s mother, Elena, told 9News.
“The consequence was we lost our daughter Lisa and nothing that happens will ever bring her back.”
Lim, 33, has pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death and possessing methamphetamines and cannabis.
Crash investigators found he made no attempt to brake, slow down, or control the vehicle before the collision.
The court today heard that Lim has an acquired brain injury from a previous car crash in 2011, and has a decade-long history of serious driving offences.
When being assessed by a doctor, he described his hobbies as, “golf and drug-taking”.
During the hearing, Lim put his head in his hands when one of the victim’s friends told him he would never understand the impact of his “reckless actions”.
Lim is now facing up to 20 years, along with a lifetime ban from driving and deportation back to Malaysia.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
“Whatever he gets is deserved, but it will never bring Lisa back to us,” Mrs Di Donato said.
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