Monday 11 November 2019

Driver who hit cyclist was driving van as relative was 'out of his head on pills', court hears

Criminal Courts of Justice
Criminal Courts of Justice

Aaron Rogan

A Longford man who hit a cyclist causing brain damage was only driving because his brother-in-law was “out of his head on pills”, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has head.

Dylan Meade (21) of An Cussan, Lisbrack Road, Longford pleaded guilty in court to dangerous driving causing serious harm, failing to stop after an accident, driving without a licence and driving without insurance at the Ongar Distribution Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin on August 2 2013.

The court heard that Meade told gardaí that he took over driving from his brother in law because he was “out of his head on pills.”

Garda Niall Phelan said that the van had been involved in “at least” two incidents on the day before Meade took over driving. Meade was not found to have had any intoxicants in his system.

Gda Phelan said that a number of witnesses at the scene saw the van Meade was driving hit the cyclist Alex Dobresku.

One witness said the cyclist was thrown eight to ten feet in the air. A forensic collision analysis said the cyclist was hit at 57kmph.

Ronan Kennedy, BL, prosecuting, read a statement from Mr Dobresku, a Romanian father-of-one in his early 30s, which said, “I would be dead now if it were not for God and the doctors.”

He also said, “the guy who hit me not only destroyed my life, he destroyed my future.”

A statement from the Mr Dobresku’s wife was also read to the court which described the effect of the accident on their family’s life.

She said he is emotionally and psychologically like a 15-year-old, that he acts inappropriately in public, and has great difficulty being a parent to their five-year-old daughter. She also said he now behaves violently and unpredictably, and has become paranoid since the accident.

The victim suffered severe brain trauma and had amnesia for four months. His statement said that he only knew he was in an accident because he had been told what had happened.

Thomas Hogan BL, defending, said that Meade took over the driving because he wanted to get home to Longford as quickly as possible because his brother in law was acting up after taking a “fistful” of pills.

Meade will be sentenced by Judge Catherine Murphy on July 22.

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