Tuesday 12 December 2017

Driver said she left crash with 'pregnant passenger'

Gardai said they did not believe Karen Dooley’s story
Gardai said they did not believe Karen Dooley’s story

Andrew Phelan

A motorist told gardai she left the scene of a car crash because her passenger was pregnant and needed medical attention, a court heard.

Karen Dooley (34) said she was driving her car when it was involved in a collision that left another car written-off.

However, a court heard gardai did not believe her, as it had been reported that there were only men in her car when the accident happened.

Sgt Mary Doherty said the first car, an Opel Agila, was struck by the second vehicle, a Toyota Avensis, which "had two to three males on board".

The first vehicle was written-off in the incident, after which the second drove off.

When questioned, the accused said she was driving the car at the time of the collision and that she had to leave the scene because her passenger was pregnant and needed medical treatment.

She maintained that the first car left the scene of the accident before she did.

The prosecuting garda had said she did not believe Dooley, Sgt Doherty told Judge David McHugh.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Dooley's side of the story was that she had phoned the gardai in relation to the accident and the other party fled the scene.


Dooley, of Deerpark Lodge, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to uninsured driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident at Brookfield Road, Tallaght, on August 9 last year.

She also admitted failing to state whether she was actually using the vehicle at the time.

Judge McHugh said he "needed assistance" before sentencing and ordered a probation report. He adjourned the case to a date in September.

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