Driver (85) avoids jail for horrific moped crash
An 85-year-old man whose van collided with a moped, causing a doctor serious injury, has been given a suspended sentence and disqualified from driving for 10 years.
Laurence Farrelly accepted that he had been driving the van when gardai stopped him later but said he was unaware there had been an accident.
Farrelly, of Eagle Hill Avenue, Terenure Road North, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Dr Edward Moloney (41) and failing to stop at the occurrence of an injury on Templeogue Road on June 27, 2010.
Sergeant Patrick Slattery told the court that at about 1.50pm on a bright, sunny day, Farrelly was driving a white Hiace van and was stopped at traffic lights.
A witness driving two cars behind beeped when Farrelly failed to move off as the lights turned green and the van then took off. The witness could also see Dr Moloney on a moped ahead of the van.
The witness saw the white van veering twice to the left-hand side of the road and when the van veered a third time he could no longer see the moped driver.
Dr Moloney, who was dragged for 40 yards, has no recollection of the accident.
Farrelly drove on to visit his sister in a nursing home. A garda setting up a roadblock later noticed a van with damage to the bonnet. He followed and tried to stop the driver who was initially oblivious to the attempts to stop him. Tests for alcohol proved negative.
Sgt Slattery said Farrelly had been certified that he should wear glasses while driving. When gardai had later managed to stop him on his return journey he was not wearing glasses and there were three pairs on the dashboard.
Dr Moloney sustained life-threatening injuries including losing eight litres of blood, a collapsed lung, fractures, soft tissues injuries and road burn to about 20pc of his body. He required surgery and was in intensive care until July.
Dr Moloney told the court it had been a difficult period in his life and he still had ongoing pain, was unable to walk long distances or run and play with his children.
Farrelly had no previous convictions.