Blind man was knocked down out­side lo­cal pub

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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