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Tradie guilty of drunkenly killing student

By AAP Newswire

An Irish tradie has been found guilty of dangerous driving before drunkenly hitting and killing a young woman in Sydney's south.

Patrick Paul Nealon, 38, had his bail revoked and will appear at a sentence hearing on December 6 over the death of Nicole Lewanski in December 2016.

After a three-week trial in the Downing Centre District Court, a jury on Friday found Nealon guilty of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death.

The court heard Nealon had a blood alcohol limit of 0.169 - more than three times the legal limit - after the accident on the Princes Highway at Wolli Creek.

The prosecution alleged Nealon 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 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.

Witnesses estimated he was speeding at up to 30 km/h over the limit before the incident.