A woman has admitted speeding through a red light in Carlton and running over and killing an Albion Park couple visiting to watch the Sydney Swans play Richmond at the MCG.
Kathryn Elsia Matiszak, 31, of Keilor, had been due to stand trial in the County Court on Tuesday over the deaths of the two pedestrians before pleading guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing death.
She had originally been charged with two counts of culpable driving causing death by gross negligence, two counts of dangerous driving causing death, and charges of speeding, careless driving and running a red light.
Prosecutor Kieran Gilligan told the court Matiszak had her partner's two-year-old son with her in a white 2008 Holden Astra station wagon when she drove through a red light on Saturday night, August 13 in 2011, colliding with the couple, from Albion Park as they crossed the intersection of Lygon and Queensberry streets in Carlton.
Sydney Swans fans Fernando Marino, 32, and his partner Karen McGovern, 31, who had been together for 10 years, were having a weekend away in Melbourne from their two children and planned to watch their team play Richmond at the MCG the next day as a belated birthday present for Ms McGovern.
Mr Marino was thrown up to four to five metres in the air on impact and ‘‘looked like a big dummy being thrown into the air’’, according to witness Anthony Farrelly.
Another witness, motorist Peter Allison, told police he turned to his wife and said: ‘‘Look at this bloody idiot’’ as Matiszak’s car flashed by him.
‘‘I was blown away. It was like the driver was driving on a highway.’’
Mr Marino died soon after the crash and Ms McGovern died in hospital three days later.
The collision orphaned the couple's young children, Cooper and Jaylee, who had been aged five and three at the time.
There was no evidence Matiszak had braked before the crash.
Matiszak had earlier dropped off her partner at Melbourne Airport and was taking his son to his mother’s house when the accident happened.
She was breath-tested at the scene and found to have not been drinking or taken drugs. She did not sustain any injuries and the two-year-old boy was unharmed.
Mr Gilligan said Matiszak later told police: ‘‘I don’t know what happened. I remember being in the intersection and that’s it. I don’t know where they were. I feel so bad for the families.’’
Matiszak, a nurse, said she had not been drinking and did not feel tired and was not speeding.
She had been planning to drop off the toddler and then go home.
Mr Gilligan said Matiszak had in fact been driving at an estimated 65km/h in a 50km/h zone.
He said Matiszak was guilty of dangerous driving causing death, which carried a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail, because she had run a red light, been inattentive and was driving at excessive speed.
Judge Damian Murphy adjourned the case for a further plea hearing on May 8.