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Driver pleads guilty to causing crash that killed Irish backpacker on day two of work in Australia

An international student has pleaded guilty over a fatal car crash that killed a young backpacker on a dream holiday in Australia.

Vivian Ng admitted causing the car crash that killed Irishwoman Amy Gill, 23, and another man on the New South Wales/Victorian border in February 2019.

Her lawyer Kylie McDonald acknowledged there was a ‘high likelihood’ her client will face prison time over the horror crash.

Ng pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm at the New South Wales District Court on Wednesday, news.com.au reported. 

She will face sentencing on October 16.

The Malaysian student was driving in a black Volswagen Passat when it crossed into incoming traffic and collided head-on with a Holden at Salisbury West, north of Bendigo in Victoria, last February. 

The two passengers in the back died at the scene.

One of them was Irish backpacker Ms Gill who was travelling to her second day of work at a tomato farm with her best friend Catherine Langan.

The two had left Mayo in Ireland only a month earlier on January 14 to embark on ‘a life changing trip Down Under’. 

They had only been in Australia for a few weeks before tragedy struck. 

Family members raised more than $70,00 through a crowdfunding page Go Fund Me to bring the backpacker’s body back home to rural Ireland.

At the funeral, an emotional tribute was read out from Ms Langan who was still recovering in a Melbourne hospital from her own injuries. 

Amy was remembered as ‘the most caring, modest, understanding person’ she had ever met.  

While the funeral’s celebrant Father Peter Gannon described her as ‘a beautiful girl in every respect’.

‘Her tragic death has been like a blackout in her community. One moment the sun was shining, the next we were plunged into darkness,’ Father Gannon said. 

Amy’s family members will attend the sentencing hearing via video link from Ireland.  

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