Man jailed after woman fell out of his speeding car
A MAN was sentenced to six months in jail and banned from driving for 18 years as a result of an incident in which a woman died after apparently falling out of his speeding car.
Aloiz Doda (31), of Holy Cross, Butlerstown, Co Waterford, failed to stay at the scene and did not report what happened to the authorities.
He was sentenced for nine driving-related offences arising from the incident at the Couse Bridge roundabout, on the outer ring road in Waterford, on September 3, 2011.
Zanna Alem (35) of Tramore Road, Waterford, was found on the road by gardai at about 11.30pm and taken to Waterford Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A post-mortem revealed she died from head injuries.
Both of the parties came from Lithuania and were known to each other.
Barrister Robert O'Neill told Judge David Staunton in Waterford District Court his client was "deeply regretful" of the incident.
"It was a very, very misfortunate accident," said Mr O'Neill. "Unfortunately, the deceased opened the door and fell out. There was no prospect of survival."
Doda pleaded guilty to "failing to stop", failing to remain at the scene and failing to report the incident. He was also convicted of refusing to provide a sample to gardai, having no insurance and failing to provide insurance.
Judge Staunton disqualified Doda for 18 years and fined him €2,250.
"He was involved in a traffic accident and anybody can be involved in a traffic accident. However, his conduct after that accident was unco-operative," said the judge.