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Mum whose daughter was killed by truck on her first day of creche tells court: 'If only we'd taken earlier bus'

Ciaran Murphy

Published 14/04/2016 | 02:30

Carol Anne Crosbie
Carol Anne Crosbie

A mother whose daughter was killed by a truck on her first day of crèche told a court she wished she had taken an earlier bus.

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Carol Anne Crosbie brought Daenerys Crosbie (2) to the Waterford Women's Centre on Manor Street, on November 18, 2014. She died after being hit by a truck that was travelling along the street in the direction of Cork.

Patrick Corcoran (49), of Castlefarm, Narraghmore in Athy, Co Kildare, pleaded not guilty to careless driving causing death.

David Humphreys, prosecuting, said it was the State's case that Mr Corcoran drove "without due care and attention".

Ms Crosbie (31) told the court how she took a bus into town at 9.30am after failing to get a bus at 7.45am. "I was late and it was her first day of crèche," she said.

After getting off the bus they then walked to Eden nightclub, opposite the crèche.

"Before I could do anything I noticed the truck started moving forward and I was too late ... we were in front of the truck."

She denied to Bernard Condon SC, defending, that her memory of events wasn't clear.

"I don't think I would forget a single detail of that day... I kept replaying it. Maybe if I had not got that bus ... it might not have happened."

Witness Ricky Paul said he saw Ms Crosbie step down from the path while the "lorry started to move".

"The lorry hit the buggy and the child was ejected," he said.

He banged on the front of the cab but it happened "extremely" quickly. "In my opinion, the child wasn't strapped in," he added.

The trial continues in front of a jury and Judge Eugene O'Neill.

Irish Independent

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