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Widow woke moments before hit-and-run

Greg Harkin

Published 04/12/2015 | 02:30

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A widow whose husband died in a hit-and-run crash woke up minutes before he was killed, an inquest heard.

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Alan McSherry died on a narrow country road close to his home outside Bundoran, Co Donegal, on August 25, 2013. The 48-year-old had been walking home to the townland of Boyannagh after a night out when he was hit.

Neighbour Lisa Roohan, (25), pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death earlier this year and was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

Mr McSherry's widow Joanne told Coroner Dr Denis McCauley at Donegal Town Courthouse she woke suddenly at 4.45am and noticed a number of missed calls from her husband.

She repeatedly called him but did not get an answer.

Just after 5am she got into her car, drove towards Bundoran and came across her husband lying in the road. A car coming the other way - driven by Roohan - had passed her moments earlier.

Mrs McSherry sat just a few feet away as Ms Roohan described hitting what she thought was a badger when driving home from work in a takeaway restaurant.

Garda investigators concluded Mr McSherry had been lying on the road when he was struck.

Irish Independent

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