Dangerous driving reason for young woman’s death
COURT CASE SPEEDING DRIVER GIVEN ONE-YEAR SUSPENDED SENTENCE
A MOTORIST whose friend died because he was speeding on the M50 at Shankill has been given a one-year sentence, suspended for five years.
Louise Blacoe, aged 22, was killed when Dubliner Robert Carroll’s vehicle overturned at a speed of 134 km/h. Carroll had been driving for just three weeks.
The court heard that his car was so modified it had become a lethal vehicle. It had failed the NCT twice but passed it just before the accident which happed as Carroll and others were driving in a convoy.
His passenger Louise Blacoe died when he lost control of the car and it overturned.
It emerged that modifications made to the car included the replacement of the steering wheel, which caused the airbags to be disconnected and that the vehicle was not suitable for use on a public road and only for close-circuit driving.
Ms. Blacoe’s boyfriend was also in the car.
Carroll admitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of Ms Blacoe on the M50 Southbound, Shankill on March 23, 2007. He had no previous convictions.
The court heard that there were no drugs or alcohol involved in the tragic accident. Carroll’s solicitor Patrick Marrinan said that his client had asked him to apologise to the family of the victim.
’He hasn’t driven a car since and never wants to drive again in his life,’ he said. Carroll was banned from driving for seven years.