A woman who mowed down a 'hero' granddad as he crossed the road pushing a child in a stroller will not spend a day in jail.
Ruwanmalee Perera, 42, of Doncaster East, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving causing death, which carries a maximum jail term on 10 years in Victoria.
Her victim, 66-year old grand dad Qimin Zhang, had been crossing the road on a green walk signal at the corner of Springvale Rd and Springfield Rd, Nunawading in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, when Mrs Perera ignored signals and ran him down.
Doting grandfather Qimin Zhang was killed while protecting his young grandson
Seeing the car coming, the doting grand father pushed his grandson out of the way and took the full brunt of Perera's Mazda SUV.
Perera, a mother of two who works in child care, walked free on Wednesday from the County Court of Victoria on a community corrections order requiring her to perform just 150 hours of community work.
Her licence was also cancelled for 18 months.
Mr Zhang's traumatised wife Yunan Jiang had pleaded with Judge Frank Gucciardo to throw the book at her husband's killer.
But the Judge claimed Perera had suffered enough already from post traumatic stress brought on by her own careless actions.
'The consequences of the driving have left you significantly impacted upon to a severe extent amounting in my view to extra-curial and consequences,' Judge Gucciardo said.
Paramedics converged at the scene in Nunawading, but Mr Zhang was unable to be saved
'Guilt and shame effects the whole of your life. I accept any imprisonment would make your condition likely worse.'
The senseless incident happened on the afternoon of November 30, 2016.
Mr Zhang was legally crossing the road with a green signal and a sign warning motorists to 'give way to peds' was lit.
The deadly intersection at Springvale and