Danger­ous driv­ing rea­son for young woman’s death

COURT CASE SPEED­ING DRIVER GIVEN ONE-YEAR SUS­PENDED SEN­TENCE

Bray People - - News -

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.

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