Driver avoids jail for crash that killed friend
A man convicted of careless driving which caused the death of his close friend has been given a nine-month suspended sentence.
Lee Peacock (25) initially told gardaí he had swerved his car prior to the fatal accident to avoid an oncoming vehicle but later said it was to avoid a pedestrian on the road.
He later accepted that the deceased woman, Jane Dardis, who was a front-seat passenger, had put her hand on the steering wheel.
Peacock said he had not wanted to attribute any blame to Ms Dardis.
The court heard Peacock had consumed four glasses of wine over a number of hours before the crash and was travelling at 80kmh in a 60kmh speed zone.
Peacock, of Seafield Court, Lower Main Street, Rush, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to careless driving causing the death of Ms Dardis at Rush Road, Skerries, on October 25, 2016.
He has no previous convictions.
Yesterday, Judge Martin Nolan expressed his condolences to Ms Dardis's family on the terrible tragedy.
Judge Nolan concluded Peacock did not deserve a custodial sentence and imposed a nine-month suspended sentence.
He disqualified Peacock from driving for five years.