Lost con­trol of car and was in­volved in a head-on col­li­sion

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A driver who lost con­trol of a friend’s car he was driv­ing was fined €250 at Sligo Dis­trict Court for care­less driv­ing. Shaun McEvilly (30) of 5 Cloon­agh, Keash, who had faced a charge of dan­ger­ous driv­ing aris­ing from the crash on Au­gust 15 th 2017 at Ard­sal­lagh, Bal­ly­mote was also fined and banned from driv­ing for six months for not hav­ing in­sur­ance on March 11 th 2018 at Coagh, Bal­ly­mote.

At the out­set of the case, Mr Tom MacSharry, solic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) told the court the de­fen­dant was pre­pared to plead to a charge of care­less driv­ing. In­spec­tor Donal Sweeney told the court that the crash oc­curred on a dry evening on a straight stretch of road. The de­fen­dant was driv­ing a Mini Cooper and he had veered out of con­trol hav­ing gone on to the grass verge af­ter round­ing a bend. He veered to the other side of the road and car skid­ded into an on­com­ing Pas­satt whose driver had brought his car to stop. The mini ended up em­bed­ded in the ditch, added the In­spec­tor. Mr MacSharry said the de­fen­dant was driver his sis­ter’s boyfriend’s car and had just lost con­trol. With re­gard to the in­sur­ance mat­ter, Mr MacSharry pleaded that the de­fen­dant had a pol­icy but it didn’t cover him. McEvilly drove for a liv­ing, he added. Judge Kevin Kil­rane said the driv­ing did amount of dan­ger­ous driv­ing but he was pre­pared to re­duce the charge to one of care­less driv­ing and im­posed a fine of €200. For not hav­ing in­sur­ance the de­fen­dant, who had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, was fined €300 and banned for six months, the ban tak­ing ef­fect from March 1st next to al­low the de­fen­dant take up work he had lined up over the win­ter.

Judge Kil­rane said he had no op­tion but to dis­qual­ify. In cir­cum­stances where the de­fen­dant was al­ready sub­ject to a dan­ger­ous driv­ing charge one would imag­ine with his record also and be­ing in­volved in a life threat­en­ing crash that he would have been par­tic­u­larly care­ful of his driv­ing, he said.

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