Ice on wind­screen led to dan­ger­ous driv­ing

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

ICE ON his wind­screen may have been re­spon­si­ble for the dan­ger­ous driv­ing which earned 44-year-old Pa­trick Con­nors (44) of Bal­lyleigh, New Ross a con­vic­tion im­posed at Wex­ford District Court.

The pros­e­cu­tion of the fa­ther of three fol­lowed a col­li­sion near his home on the morn­ing of De­cem­ber 19 in 2016.

The court heard that Con­nors was in the wrong lane as he at­tempted a right turn to­wards the house of his cousin at Bal­lyleigh.

He crashed into the Hyundai jeep of eques­trian cen­tre and sad­dlery shop owner Valerie O’Toole from Carnew Stud in County Wick­low.

Ms O’Toole told how she saw the de­fen­dant com­ing to­wards her and had braked to a stand­still.

How­ever, the de­fen­dant’s car kept com­ing, with the re­sult that she was taken from the scene to hos­pi­tal by while the of­fend­ing driver sus­tained neck in­juries.

Her ver­sion of events was con­firmed by mo­torist John Fur­long from Bal­ly­william who was on the road be­hind the Hyundai Tuc­son on the morn­ing in ques­tion.

De­fend­ing bar­ris­ter Mor­gan Shel­ley ar­gued that what hap­pened was more a case of care­less driv­ing than dan­ger­ous.

But Garda In­spec­tor Syl Hip­well dis­agreed, call­ing what oc­curred a bla­tant ex­am­ple of dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Ms O’Toole gave ev­i­dence that the de­fen­dant said at the time that he had not taken the ice off his win­dow.

Judge Ger­ard Haughton con­cluded that ei­ther this was what hap­pened or else that Con­nors was rac­ing to make his turn in front of the on­com­ing jeep.

Ei­ther way, such con­duct was dan­ger­ous. Coun­sel pleaded that all three of his client’s chil­dren re­quired med­i­cal treat­ment which meant hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments in ei­ther Water­ford or Dublin.

Judge Haughton re­sponded that the court had no al­ter­na­tive but to im­pose a two year dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, which came with a fine of €300 and an or­der to pay €200 wit­ness ex­penses.

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