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Driver guilty of manslaughter of three Irish children blames mother for horror smash

Published 20/08/2014 | 08:11

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The man found guilty of the manslaughter of three Irish children in a tragic car crash last year has said that their mother “caused the accident”.

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In his first interview since the accident, Lasse Burholt maintains that the collision between himself and the car driven by Maria O’Shea, carrying her four children, was not his fault.

Maria and Brian O'Shea with surviving child Torben
Maria and Brian O'Shea with surviving child Torben

“The fact is Maria made a turn that she wasn’t supposed to do,” the Danish man told Australian current affairs program Sunday Night.

His comments directly contradict an interview which he gave to the Sunday Independent last year in which he said that Dr O'Shea was not to blame.

Lasse Burholt

Tragic crash mum of four was not at fault, says Danish driver 

The Australian-based O’Shea family were on vacation in Denmark when the horror smash in which Saoirse, nine, Soren, 11, Connor, three, were killed occurred.

Their parents, Dublin born Brian O’Shea and his Danish wife Maria were left devastated by the horrific collision which has been described as Denmark's worst "in living memory".

Maria O'Shea with her sons Soren (11) and Connor (3). Soren and Connor were killed in a horror crash in Denmark.
Maria O'Shea with her sons Soren (11) and Connor (3). Soren and Connor were killed in a horror crash in Denmark.

But Burholt has told the O’Shea family to “go on with their lives”.

"You can’t tell if I hit her at 80 kilometres an hour you can’t say some kind of fatality wouldn’t have happened. If I had to spend all of my, all of my day thinking about what if what if and blah, blah, blah, then I don’t have time to think about all the other stuff," he said in the interview.

"The O'Sheas need to go on with their life."

Initially, while Maria and her surviving four-month-old Torben were recovering in hospital, police told the grieving mother that she would be charged with involuntary manslaughter of the deaths of her three children.

However, it was later proven that father-of-three Burholt was travelling at excessive speed that day – 125km per hour – and had been using his phone within seconds of the crash. 

Driver guilty of manslaughter of three Irish children fined €1,300 

Convicted of involuntary manslaughter, his sentence was a $2000 fine and a three-year probationary driving period.

The O’Shea family are related to celebrity chef Kevin Dundon who is married to Brian’s sister Catherine.

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