Friday 24 November 2017

Driver who killed grandmother (77) given community service

Rose Douglas, who died after being knocked down by a car
Rose Douglas, who died after being knocked down by a car

Jessie Magee and Sonya McLean

A driver who killed a 77-year-old woman when he knocked her down as she was crossing the road has been ordered to perform community service.

Grandmother Rose Douglas died from her injuries after she was knocked down by a car on the North Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 on January 9, 2013 as she left the house to collect charity boxes for a St Francis Hospice.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed 240 hours of community service to be completed within 12 months in lieu of a two-year sentence on Carl Feighery (32). The electrician has already been disqualified from driving for five years.

Judge Nolan previously said he could not find any aggravating circumstances such as drink driving, excessive speed or prolonged dangerous driving.

"He is guilty of losing focus," Judge Nolan said, which he described as "a human frailty".

Feighery, from Millbourne Crescent, Ashbourne, Co Meath, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing death.

The family of Ms Douglas said they would like to think Feighery would decide to do some charity work in her memory.

Irish Independent

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