Wednesday 26 July 2017

Truck driver charged with dangerous driving causing death of woman in M50 crash

Barry Grogan, Thornville Ave., Kilbarrack charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death pictured after leaving Blanchardstown District Court on bail
Barry Grogan, Thornville Ave., Kilbarrack charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death pictured after leaving Blanchardstown District Court on bail

Andrew Phelan

A TRUCK driver has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a woman who was fatally injured in a road accident on the M50.

Barry Grogan (36) was charged this morning in connection with a collision between two trucks and a car, after which Martina Loughlin (47) died.

Judge David McHugh granted him bail and adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Grogan, with an address at Thornville Avenue, Kilbarrack is charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death.

The offence is alleged to have happened on the southbound carriageway of the M50 at the Lucan Junction on November 11, 2015.

Garda Sergeant Shay Leonard told the court he met the accused at Lucan Garda Station by appointment this morning.

He was arrested for the purpose of charging him, which was done at the station at 9.45am. He made no reply after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet, Sgt Leonard said.

He said he had no objection to bail and asked for the “minimum” requirement that the accused sign on once weekly at a garda station.

“The DPP is directing that the matter proceeds on indictment,” Sgt Leonard said.

This means it will be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when the book of evidence is ready.

Judge McHugh granted bail in the defendant’s own bond of €100 with no cash lodgement required. He must sign each Saturday at Raheny Garda Station between 9am and 9pm.

Sgt Leonard said the book of evidence would take two to three weeks to complete.

The judge decided to adjourn the case to January 6 “to make sure we are ready” on the next date.

Mr Grogan, wearing a navy suit with a white shirt, navy tie and brown shoes, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

The charge against him is under Section 53 of the Road Traffic Act.

Ms McLoughlin, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, died following the collision at 5.30am on the morning in question.

According to gardai, she was the sole occupant of the car and was seriously injured. She was taken to Tallaght Hospital where she was pronounced dead on November 13, 2015.

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