Saturday 25 January 2020

Inquest hears that mother witnessed daughter being killed in horror crash

Sinead Condren: her mum witnessed fatal collision
Sinead Condren: her mum witnessed fatal collision

Gareth Naughton

A mother watched in horror as her daughter was hit by a car and flung into the air while crossing a busy road, an inquest heard yesterday.

Sixteen-year-old Sinead Condren from Castle Dawson, Maynooth, Co Kildare, was killed instantly when she was struck as she attempted to cross the road beside the Apple Green Service Station at the Celbridge interchange with the M4 motorway on May 23, 2011.

In a statement read out at Dublin Coroner's Court, heartbroken Fiona Condren said her daughter crossed that stretch of road every day having been dropped there by the school bus.

On the day of the accident, Sinead opened her mother's car door and a price list for her father John's business blew out.


She crossed the road to retrieve it and was making her way back over. Just as Sinead neared the footpath, a car suddenly appeared and hit Sinead full on. Mrs Condren rushed to her daughter's side.

Off-duty paramedic Ronan McGuinness described seeing Sinead "thrown in the air like a rag doll".

He also checked on the driver, 19-year-old Adam Noonan.

Mr McGuinness said: "He was hysterical and kept saying: 'There was nothing I could do, I didn't do anything wrong, it wasn't my fault'."

Sinead was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where she was pronounced dead one hour later. The cause of the death was given as multiple injuries and severe head injuries. Mr Noonan told the court that all he could remember of the incident was catching a flash of something in front of the car before the collision.

His passenger David Molloy said that he had spotted Sinead seconds before and called out a warning but hadn't even finished saying his friend's name when the crash happened.

Skidmarks on the road showed that Mr Noonan braked after impact.

Garda Paul Monaghan said the scene suggested the car had been travelling at around the 60kph speed limit at the time of the accident.

Garda Audrey Sheridan said a file on the incident had been prepared for the DPP who directed no prosecution.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that the accident was a tragic incident in which there were no over-riding risk factors. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Irish Independent

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