Michael Panayides, a homeless man accused of fleeing after leaving a cyclist for dead on Chapel Street last year, pleaded guilty today.
Appearing in Melbourne magistrates court via video link, Panayides pleaded guilty to six charges (culpable driving causing death, failing to render assistance, negligently dealing with proceeds of crime, theft of a motor vehicle and recklessly causing injury) over the death of 27-year-old Gitta Scheenhouwer, on Chapel Street on 12 August last year.
The Dutch woman was was cycling in the bike lane when she was hit and pinned against another car; she died on the scene.
She had arrived in Australia in May, with her partner, travelling on a work visa and was about to begin working as an architect.
Her family released a statement after her death, in which they revealed she had landed her dream job as a graduate architect just days before she died.
Allegedly driving a stolen car, Panayides also crashed into several parked cars and a moving car on Chapel Street, before running away from the scene.
He is due to appear in the County Court for a directions hearing on Thursday.