Ute driver who was four times over the limit when he hit and killed a 22-year-old librarian is found guilty of dangerous driving
- Patrick Nealon hit and killed Nicole Lewanski, 22, in December 2016 in Sydney
- Nealon, 38, was more than three times over limit when he hit and killed student
- Witnesses say Nealon was driving more than 30km/h over limit when he crashed
- On Friday Nealon was found guilty of dangerous driving after three week trial
A Ute driver who was more than three times over the limit when he hit and killed a young librarian has been found guilty of dangerous driving.
Nicole Lewanski, 22, was crossing the Princes Highway in Wolli Creek, in Sydney’s south when she was struck by Patrick Paul Nealon in December 2016.
Despite the efforts of witnesses and emergency services, Ms Lewanski died soon after from massive head and internal injuries.
After a three-week trial in the Downing Centre District Court, a jury on Friday found Nealon, 38, guilty of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death.
Patrick Nealon, 38, (pictured) was more than three times over the limit when he hit and killed 22-year-old librarian Nicole Lewanski
Nicole Lewanski, 22,was killed in an horrific accident in Wolli Creek in December 2016
The court heard Nealon had a blood alcohol limit of 0.169 – more than three times the legal limit.
The prosecution alleged Nealon, who was an Irish tradesman, told a paramedic he had ‘maybe 15 schooners of beer’ during a drinking session which lasted about four hours.
Witnesses told the court they saw Nealon’s ute speeding and driving erratically at up to 30km/h over the speed limit before he attempted to cut across three lanes of traffic in an attempt to turn right.
He lost control of his car, slamming into a pedestrian island where Ms Lewanski was standing, throwing the 22-year-old student into the air and killing her.
He lost control of his car, slamming into a pedestrian island where Ms Lewanski was standing, throwing the 22-year-old student into the air and killing her
Witnesses told the court they saw Nealon’s ute speeding and driving erratically at up to 30km/h over the speed limit during the crash
After the student’s tragic death, her father, Henry Lewanski, told Daily Mail Australia his daughter was in the prime of her life and had just landed her ‘dream job’.
She had just begun a librarian internship at the University of Technology in Sydney before she was killed.
‘She is a beautiful girl, words can’t describe how we are feeling right now,’ Mr Lewanski said.
‘People should be able to be safe in the street.’
Her father said she had only just moved out from the family home to be closer to work.
A long time friend of Ms Lewanski told Daily Mail Australia the young librarian was excited for her first ‘holiday away with friends’.
Flowers were tied to the fence at the scene where the young librarian was hit after the crash (pictured)
Ms Lewanski had just landed her dream job as a librarian at the University of Technology in Sydney
‘Nicole was really excited about it – she loved music and was just so much fun to be around and had never been away with friends before. But now she isn’t here to go with us.’
‘She loved people and valued her friendships. People always saw something special in her.’
‘She was really excited about how her life was going, and now she is gone.’
Patrick Paul Nealon, 38, had his bail revoked and will appear at a sentence hearing on December 6.
The court heard Nealon (pictured) had a blood alcohol limit of 0.169 – more than three times the legal limit