Fam­ily’s fury as driver starts a new life abroad

HIT-AND-RUN WOMAN KILLED AS SHE DE­LIV­ERED PRESENTS

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

DEV­AS­TATED fam­ily mem­bers of the late Lilly Cal­lan, from En­niskerry, have said they are fu­ri­ous that the driver who hit her and failed to stop at the scene has walked free and em­i­grated to New Zealand.

The 79-year-old woman had been de­liv­er­ing presents to friends and just got off the bus in the run-up to Christ­mas last year, when she was hit by a car with David Len­nox at the wheel.

He drove away, leav­ing her on the lonely coun­try road. She died on the road­side on De­cem­ber 17, 2007. ‘I will never for­get the night I went down and saw her dead on the road,’ said John Cal­lan, over a year af­ter the death of his sis­ter Lilly. ‘Ev­ery day I get up and I can see my sis­ter.’

Len­nox was fined €1,000 and banned from driv­ing for two years last Oc­to­ber, for leav­ing the scene of the ac­ci­dent.

‘I thought we were treated very un­fairly,’ said John. ‘It’s hard to cope with it. He made no at­tempt to con­tact us. No­body has apol­o­gised.’

Tal­laght na­tive Len­nox pan­icked on the night his car struck the pen­sioner and drove away. He later asked his girl­friend to call the gar­daí and owned up to the ac­ci­dent. The pair have since re­lo­cated to New Zealand and bought a house.

‘She was a happy-go-lucky woman who had years in front of her,’ said John, adding that she had al­ways been very cau­tious about road safety.

Christ­mas was much the same as last year for the griev­ing fam­ily, he said, who thought deeply about what it would have been like if she was still with them.

They even put a present for her un­der­neath the tree. They marked her an­niver­sary by lighting can­dles at the scene of her death. ‘We are a very close fam­ily,’ said John. ‘We stick to­gether.’ Lilly’s niece Anne Marie said that she will never for­give Len­nox. ‘He has a whole new beginning,’ she said. ‘He has a new life, but I can’t move.’

Len­nox apol­o­gised in court for his ac­tions, be­fore Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan re­marked that he had not been charged with crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity for Ms. Cal­lan’s death, but breaches of the Road Traf­fic Act.

Lilly is sur­vived by her heart­bro­ken brother John, Sis­ter Breda, sis­ter-in-law Lylie, nephew John, niece Anne-Marie, her hus­band Paul and their chil­dren Sasha and Joshua.

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