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Motorist fined after leaving bicycle owner with severe accidents

A person concerned in a highway site visitors accident by which a bicycle owner was hospitalised with severe accidents has been fined for careless driving.

Joseph Wall was earlier than Letterkenny District Courtroom in reference to the incident on October 2, 2021.

Wall, a 60-year-old from Elber Avenue, Toombridge, County Antrim, was charged with harmful driving. The court docket accepted a plea to a lesser cost of careless driving.

Sergeant Gerard Dalton relayed particulars of the incident to the court docket.

Two drivers and a bicycle owner have been all travelling in the identical path on the N15 at Meenacrumlin, Ballybofey on the day in query.

Gardai, who have been alerted to a collision, responded and on arrival noticed the bicycle owner being examined on the scene by paramedics. The bicycle owner was described as being in a ‘severe situation’ and was transferred to Letterkenny College Hospital.

Gardai noticed a Ford Ecosport positioned behind the bicycle owner. The court docket heard that part of the bike was lodged in entrance of the Ford Ecosport.

Gardai additionally noticed a Vauxhall Vivaro, which was towing a trailer with a Subaru Impreza strapped onto it.

Officers have been knowledgeable that the drivers of the Ford Ecosport and the Vauxhall Vicaro have been each travelling to the Harvest Rally in Donegal City.

James Convery, who was driving the Ecosport, knowledgeable Gardai that he was overtaking the bicycle owner when he heard a bang. When he seemed in his rearview mirror, the bicycle owner was gone from view.

Sergeant Dalton stated the automobile being pushed by Wall spun and the bicycle owner was ‘flipped over’ earlier than colliding with a ditch. Wall had ‘no recollection’ of colliding with the bicycle owner.

The court docket was informed that neither driver attended hospital for therapy after the collision.

The bicycle owner spent a while in hospital and sustained damaged vertebrae on the decrease again in addition to struggling injury to the quad muscle and. The bicycle owner additionally suffered from head and arm accidents.

Wall has no earlier convictions and his solicitor, Ms Maureen Gallagher, stated her consumer had accomplished the ProSocial driving course.

“On the time of the incident, he was travelling on the highway heading for Donegal City for the Harvest Rally,” Ms Gallagher stated. “He’s a participant and had a rally automobile in tow. He could have taken his eyes off the highway momentarily. He can’t actually clarify what occurred.”

Choose Ciaran Liddy decreased a harmful driving cost to one in every of careless driving and fined Wall €150, permitting three months to pay.

Motorist fined after leaving bicycle owner with severe accidents was final modified: October twentieth, 2023 by Workers Author