Ice on windscreen led to dangerous driving
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.