Family’s fury as driver starts a new life abroad
HIT-AND-RUN WOMAN KILLED AS SHE DELIVERED PRESENTS
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.