Blind man was knocked down outside local pub
AN incident in which a blind man was knocked down by a hit and run driver, has been recalled at Drogheda court.
Before Judge Coughlan was Duncan Smith (47), 43 The Heath, Inse Bay, Laytown.
He pleaded guilty to careless driving, failing to report an accident, failing to stop and failing to remain at the scene of an accident, outside the Coast Tavern, Laytown, in the early hours of 18 February, 2017.
Evidence was given that at 1.50am, a blind man leaving the pub, was struck by a black Volkswagen Golf.
A passenger got out of this vehicle, before Smith, who was behind the wheel, drove away.
It was stated on behalf of the defendant that he did get out, but panicked. He had had ‘ a couple of drinks’.
Smith has no previous convictions, works in England and has three children. He was insured on the occasion.
Noting he did not like his court used as a ‘ dummy run’ by insurance companies, the judge imposed a €500 fine for careless driving.
The other charges were taken into consideration.