Driver is fined ¤1,000 for not stop­ping af­ter tragic ac­ci­dent

Bray People - - Social Scene -

‘NOTH­ING will bring her back,’ said En­niskerry man John Cal­lan af­ter the driver of a car which killed his sis­ter Lily last De­cem­ber was fined ¤1,000 for leav­ing the tragic scene.

She was out bring­ing Christ­mas presents to her friends in Kil­te­gan and was on her way home when tragedy struck.

Lilly got off the bus and was walk­ing to­wards home when she was knocked down.

‘What we went through for the last ten months - no­body will ev­ery un­der­stand it,’ added Mr. Cal­lan, as he strug­gled to fight back the tears. ‘We are dis­ap­pointed with to­day’s re­sult, but there’s noth­ing you can do but get on with life.’

David Len­nox, with an ad­dress of 39 Kil­clare Gar­dens, Job­stown, Tal­laght, was driv­ing on the En­niskerry Road at around 5 p.m. on the evening of De­cem­ber 17, 2007, when he col­lided with the late Ms. Cal­lan, (79) the court heard.

Garda John O’Don­nell told the court that around one hour later, Len­nox’s girl­friend con­tacted gar­daí and they went to meet him at a house he was rent­ing in En­niskerry.

Len­nox later told Gar­daí that he was driv­ing to­wards En­niskerry at the Kil­lea­gar Road junc­tion and, know­ing he had hit some­thing on his left hand side, he swerved, pan­icked and went home be­fore ring­ing his girl­friend Stella Blake­more, and ask­ing her to con­tact the au­thor­i­ties on his be­half.

‘He was frozen in shock,’ said Len­nox’s neigh­bour Niall Sav­age, who took the stand as a char­ac­ter wit­ness. ‘He was in a very bad state and ex­tremely up­set. All he could think about was the de­ceased woman and her fam­ily and he said that if he could give back what they had lost he would.’

Garda O’Don­nell agreed that there was no ques­tion of drink­ing or reck­less driv­ing. The charges brought be­fore the court were fail­ing to stop, and fail­ing to re­main at the scene. He also said that he ac­cepted his re­morse as gen­uine.

Len­nox had been in New Zealand with his fi­ancee Ms. Blake­more, work­ing on a one-year visa, and had re­turned vol­un­tar­ily to meet the case.

Len­nox took the stand him­self and made a tear­ful apol­ogy to the fam­ily mem­bers present in court, say­ing ‘If I could take it back, I would.’ He said that he had pre­vi­ously in­quired about apol­o­gis­ing to the fam­ily in per­son but had been told it was prob­a­bly not a good time to talk to them.

‘None of us know how we would re­act, we like to think we would do the right thing and stop,’ said Mr. Len­nox’s bar­ris­ter.

He said that the 33-year-old fa­ther of one was tor­mented by the con­se­quences of his ac­tions that night. ‘He will live with the shame and guilt for­ever.’

‘Mr. Len­nox, you did un­nec­es­sar­ily im­pede the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by not stop­ping at the scene,’ said Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan be­fore hand­ing down fines of ¤500 each for fail­ing to stop and fail­ing to re­main at the scene. He was also banned from driv­ing for two years and one day.

‘It’s sad to think the value of a life is ¤1,000,’ said Lily’s niece Anne-Marie

af­ter the con­vic­tion. MY BELOVED aunt, who was as close as a mother to me all my life, died a sud­den and tragic death, in hor­rific cir­cum­stances, all alone with no­body to com­fort her in her dy­ing mo­ments.

The per­son who was re­spon­si­ble for her death did not even bother to stay with her. We as the fam­ily have never dis­puted it was an ac­ci­dent, but it was Mr. Len­nox’s ac­tions in fail­ing to stop and stay at the scene or to have even phoned for an am­bu­lance which has en­raged us.

He has never made any at­tempt to apol­o­gise for his ac­tions. He must take in to con­sid­er­a­tion that John and Breda have lost a sis­ter, we have lost a sis­ter in-law, aunt and a grand-aunt. It has de­stroyed many happy oc­ca­sions such as Christ­mas, her eight­i­eth birth­day in March, her grand-niece whom was sit­ting her Ju­nior Cert. this year, and many other events which will un­fold without her through­out the years to come.

We the fam­ily of the late El­iz­a­beth Cal­lan would just like to thank every­one for their kind sup­port in what has been the worst ten months of our lives.

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