Driver, 90, who got his licence in 1949 facing jail over crash that killed mum

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A 90-year-old man could be jailed for running over and killing a mum-of-two outside a cafe.

Elderly Keith Lockrey who passed his driving test in 1949, ploughed into Liz Albornoz, 39, and at least one other ramming them against a wall in Sydney, Australia.

Liz was enjoying a morning coffee with friends at the North Epping eatery in February when Lockrey drove at her.

She was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition with stomach injuries but later died.

Lockrey, faced magistrate Susan Horan for a sentence hearing on Friday at Burwood Local Court, where his matter was adjourned.

He pleaded guilty in October to three charges including one count of negligent driving causing death and one count of negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm.

Lockrey has had his driver's licence for 71 years, since 1949, the court heard.

He demonstrated 'clear and genuine remorse', according to his lawyer Stephen Mainstone.

Mr Mainstone told the court on Friday: "We're certainly not diminishing that there was a death and serious injuries…(but) there was one moment of inattention, possibly in the span of two to three seconds.

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"All the planets aligned and the tragic situation happened."

Mr Mainstone also said Lockrey had already conceded his "days of driving are over".

Paramedics treated nine others as a result of the incident, including four who were taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Detective Inspector Mark Christie said in February: "They were just enjoying a meeting together, having coffee, and they were struck by this vehicle."

He described the scene of the accident as "horrendous and chaotic" for emergency services when they arrived.

Lockrey will next face court on November 27.

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