A man who was banned from driving when his dangerous driving caused the death of a back seat passenger has received a eight and a half year jail sentence.
Eric Wansboro (27) of Cherry Garth, Rivervalley, Swords, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Sinead Maguire and serious bodily harm to Liam McDonagh at Fairview, north Dublin on May 29 2014.
At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning, Judge Mary Ellen Ring said that the only factor that caused the death and injuries was Wansboro’s driving.
The court heard that a witness estimated the car to be moving at a speed of 100 mph at a T junction with a speed limit of 50 kmph. Wansboro was trying to take the right turn but instead the car continued forward and hit a tree and a lamp post.
A garda forensic investigator put the minimum speed at the point of impact at 82kmph.
The court heard that a post mortem carried out by Professor Marie Cassidy identified severe neck and spinal injuries as the cause of Ms Maguire’s death.
Speaking outside the court Lillian Maguire, who suffers from Parkinson Disease, said her daughter was a caring fun filled person who was her carer.
At the time of the crash Wansboro was serving a three year suspended sentence imposed by Judge Ring and had been banned from driving for ten years for an offence of driving a stolen car.
Judge Ring lifted this suspension today and imposed an additional term of five and a half years for the dangerous driving offence.
She backdated the sentence to January last when Wansboro went into custody
He has 29 previous convictions mostly for road traffic offences in incidents include driving while drunk and driving at speed while being pursued by gardai.