Family’s future stolen
Beautiful life wasted when ice addict crashed into daughter’s car
A YOUNG woman’s family says their future has been “destroyed” as it was revealed the killer ice-addicted driver who crashed a borrowed ute into her car had drugs for breakfast.
Jo Han Lim, 33, was on bailwhen the ute ploughed into 27year-old Lisa Di Donato’s car outside Wellington Village shopping centre in Rowville on February 15 this year.
The much-loved pharmacist — who dreamt of becoming a doctor — was stopped at traffic lights after attending a yoga class. The prosecutor told the court Lim’s actions were due to his lifestyle — telling a clinical psychologist his hobbies were golf and drug-taking.
In a victim impact statement read to the County Court, Ms Di Donato’s mother Elena said her daughter was the “heart and soul” of her family. “She was the light of my life,’’ she said.
“Her loss has devastated our family. I can’t come to terms with how she died. It’s just a waste of her beautiful life.
“I think of Lisa from the moment I awaken to the moment I close my eyes. My heart breaks Lisa won’t have the life she deserved. She has been robbed of all her potential.”
Partner Shaun, in his victim impact statement, told of the cruelty of losing his love of more than a decade.
“It breaks my heart I have lost her and our dreams of life together will never be,’’ he said. “I will never recover. “She did not deserve this.” The couple were due to go on an overseas holiday and had just moved into a new home where they hoped to raise a family.
“She was happiest when she was helping someone,’’ he wrote. “It’s shattering for me I can’t see her, talk to her or hold her. I feel cheated and I wonder what we would be doing now. I don’t look to the future any more because my future has been destroyed.”
Lim, who the Sunday Herald Sun in July revealed was a banned drug driver with a shocking decade-long driving record, buried his head in his hands as Ms Di Donato’s loved ones, including brother David, detailed their heartbreak.
The court heard Lim — who moved to Australia from Malaysia at age 13 to live with his mother and stepfather — was with a fellow drug user at her father’s home.
“They had breakfast and the prisoner smoked some ice,’’ prosecutor Mark Rochford, QC, told the court.
Lim was driving west on Wellington Rd when he swerved to avoid several stationary cars — driving into the shopping centre’s entry lane, mounting two traffic islands and crashing into Ms Di Donato’s Mitsubishi Lancer. After the crash he was seen looking into the car but fled to a gym with a backpack, which was later found to contain drugs.
Defence lawyer Matthew Phillips told the court Lim suffered several brain bleeds during a 2011 car accident and had a “cognitive deficit” that affected his decision making.
He pleaded guilty to culpable driving, possessing cannabis and methylamphetamine, driving while disqualified and committing an offence on bail. Judge Paul Lacava will sentence Lim, who faces up to 20 years’ jail, on a date to be fixed.
Father Tony, mother Elena and brother David mourn the loss of Lisa Di Donato.