Wednesday 21 March 2018

All-Ireland captain 'was vomiting blood' after fatal road accident

Greg Harkin

A FORMER GAA star shouted for help and vomited blood after being injured in a road crash which killed a dad-of-three, a trial has been told.

Donegal's 1992 All-Ireland-winning captain Anthony Molloy appeared to be badly hurt, a witness told a trial at Donegal Town Circuit Court.

Paul Murrin (48), Ballymagowan, Dunkineely, Co Donegal, has pleaded not guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of Daithi White in a road traffic collision.

A garda has told the court that Mr Murrin admitted to drinking tea and eating sandwiches when the crash occurred, on the N15 Ballyshannon to Donegal Town road on January 24, 2011.

Mr White (38), from Woodbrook Heights, Ballysadare, Co Sligo, died as a result of his injuries two days later.

Prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin said the defendant's red Kia car, in which Mr Molloy was a front-seat passenger, crossed on to the wrong side of the road and crashed head-on into a Peugeot van being driven by Mr White.

Patrick Lawless, a passenger in a van behind Mr White's Bulmers delivery vehicle, told the court how he saw the crash.

"There was nothing he (Mr White) could do to avoid it. (The car) hit him straight on," said Mr Lawless. "The Bulmers van was crumpled up."

He said he got out of his van and went towards the red Kia.

Mr Murrin was out of his car, and his passenger (Mr Molloy) was trapped inside.

"He (Mr Molloy) shouted 'help get me out'. He had blood over him; he was spitting and vomiting blood," said Mr Lawless.

Garda Elaine Kelly said she came upon the scene of the crash within a minute. Mr White was slumped over his steering wheel.

A cage separating the cab of his van from the rear was on top of him and cargo was lying on top of him, she said.

She said she spoke to Mr Murrin, who was in severe pain.

"He said he was having tea and sandwiches and had taken his eye off the road," she said.

Earlier a motorist travelling in front of Mr White's van told the court she swerved to avoid the red Kia coming towards her on the wrong side of the road.

Josephine McElhinney said she then watched in her rear-view mirror as it smashed head-on into Mr White's car.

"I slowed down and they kept coming towards me so I veered to the left because he would have hit me.

"I just about got past the car. I slowed right down and stopped and I looked to see where the car was going and it continued on behind me on my side of the road and then it hit another car head-on," she added.

The case continues today.

Irish Independent

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