Thursday 19 October 2017

Student faces trial wait over crash that killed friends

Dayna Kearney arrives at Naas Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins
Dayna Kearney arrives at Naas Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins

Eimear Cotter

The driver of a car involved in a crash that claimed the lives of her four young friends has had a dangerous driving case against her adjourned until November.

Dayna Kearney (22), a student, appeared before Kildare Circuit Court sitting at Naas yesterday morning. The case was due for arraignment and the court was told that a jury would be required in the case.

However, prosecution lawyer Daniel Boland BL said the State was not yet ready to proceed to trial. He said the prosecution had only recently been provided with an engineer's report in relation to the accident. Ms Kearney, of Crossneen, Carlow, was seriously injured when the car she was driving collided with a van on the N78 Athy Link Road at Burtown, near Athy, Co Kildare, on January 6, 2015.

Nineteen year olds Aisling Middleton, from Athy, and Gemma Nolan, from Carlow, were killed instantly. Chermaine Carroll (20) and Niamh Doyle (19), from Carlow, also died in the crash. The five women were travelling home together in a VW Polo driven by Ms Kearney.

Ms Kearney's car burst into flames following the crash.

Mr Justice Michael O'Shea was told there was consent to the case being adjourned until later this year and he adjourned the matter until November 14.

He remanded Ms Kearney on continuing bail on the same terms and conditions until that date.

Irish Independent

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