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Saturday 30 August 2014

US woman charged over crash death of boy (3)

Joe McCabe

Published 08/05/2014 | 02:30

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Eoin O'Neill (3)
Eoin O'Neill (3)
Eoin O'Neill (inset) who was killed in a road accident in Monaghan on Sunday night
Eoin O'Neill (inset) who was killed in a road accident in Monaghan on Sunday night

A WOMAN has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a three-year-old boy at the weekend.

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Eoin O'Neill, of Rebane Shantonagh, Co Monaghan, died in a horrific car crash outside Carrickmacross on Sunday evening.

American national Maria Good (26) was remanded on continuing bail yesterday by Judge Sean MacBride at Carrickmacross District Court, having been charged under Section 53 (1) of the Road Traffic Act 1961.

Eoin, an only child, died after the Nissan car being driven by his mother, Rose, was involved in a head-on collision with a Renault car at Annamarron on the N2 Dublin Derry Road.

Ms Good appeared in court yesterday wearing a white blouse and beige combats and wearing a sling on her right arm, due to a broken arm sustained in Sunday's crash.

DEVASTATING

The case has been adjourned until May 21 pending final directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

There was no objection to bail from gardai. However, the court ordered Ms Good to surrender her passport and to reside at an address at Magheracloone, Carrickmacross.

Judge MacBride stated that due to the seriousness of the offence, this was a case likely to be heard by a higher court.

Meanwhile, a man killed in a road crash yesterday was volunteering as a steward for a Cycle Against Suicide charity event.

The man suffered devastating injuries after his motorbike was in a collision with a truck at Loughmor, Barnsmore Gap, on the road between Donegal town and Ballybofey. He was named as Brendan O'Connell (69), from Tonevane in Co Kerry.

The accident occurred at approximately 11.50am on day 10 of the Cycle Against Suicide cycle, along the Donegal to Strabane route, just 45 minutes after the group of cyclists departed from Donegal town.

Mr O'Connell was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to Letterkenny General hospital where a post-mortem was carried out. The driver of the truck was uninjured.

Organisers last night said no decision had been made about the remaining four days of the cycle. Jim Breen, founder of Cycle Against Suicide, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with our dear friend and his family at this incredibly difficult time. Our hearts are simply broken."

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