Dangerous driver gets 14 months' jail for killing woman
A man whose dangerous driving due to inattention and tiredness caused the death of an elderly woman has been jailed for 14 months.
James Dingle (42) struck Maureen Creaner (92) with his 4x4 as she crossed the road to buy a paper at 8.15 on a Sunday morning, causing her "catastrophic injuries".
A garda at the scene smelled alcohol from Dingle and a test found him to be "barely" over the drink-driving limit. He told gardaí he had drunk alcohol while socialising the night before.
Garda collision experts concluded that Dingle had been driving at 64kmh in a 50kmh zone.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Dingle's phone activity was analysed and his usage in the early hours of the morning showed there was a "severe lack of sleep" on his part.
The prosecution told the court it could not be definitively said Dingle was on the phone at the time, but that he was using the phone "very close" to the time of the incident.
Dingle, of Drumcliffe Road, Cabra, Dublin, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Ms Creaner at Navan Road, Cabra, on September 4, 2016.
Ms Creaner's son David paid tribute to his "loving" mother in a victim impact statement.
Judge Martin Nolan said it seemed Dingle did not see Ms Creaner, or at least not see her in time.