A Melbourne judge has heard a nurse killed in a hit-and-run crash in Melbourne’s east a year ago was “a loving and compassionate soul” who had a “heart of gold”.
Sebastian John Kennett, 21, has pleaded guilty to charges including culpable driving causing death, and theft of a motor vehicle.
Lynda Hansen, 53, was driving home after dinner with a friend on October 9 last year when her car was hit by a stolen vehicle being driven by Kennett.
The court heard that the stolen car’s airbag module showed Kennett was driving at 160 kilometres per hour when he hit Ms Hansen, who had slowed down to turn off Warrigal Road in Oakleigh.
CCTV footage of the collision was played in the court.
Kennett fled the scene on foot and was the subject of a manhunt until he was arrested three days later.
Ms Hansen died at the scene from chest and other injuries.
Her mother, Celia Elliott, told the court “we all miss her”.
She said her daughter “had a heart of gold” and was “such a loving and compassionate soul” who had “saved many lives with her compassion”.
Nurse Lynda Hansen had “saved many lives with her compassion”, her mother told the court. (Supplied: Victoria Police )
“My nightmare was real,” Ms Elliott said of hearing that her daughter had been killed.
She said her daughter was “sitting innocently, quietly and happy … waiting to make that turn”.
The court has received six victim impact statements.
“To be touched by the road toll is truly a life changing event,” Ms Hansen’s sister, Corinne Summers, told the court.
“I’m so sad that her life was cut short. She could have done so much more in this life.
“The world needs more people like Lynda.”
The court heard Kennett had sustained a brain injury in a motor vehicle accident in 2011.
The court was also told he “did not know who died and blocked out details” of the event.
Prosecutor Fran Dalziel told the court Kennett’s prospects for rehabilitation were poor.
Judge Frank Gucciardo will sentence Kennett on October 22.