Friday 23 March 2018

Student who drove car in which four pals died has her case adjourned

Dayna Kearney
Dayna Kearney
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The driver of a car involved in a crash that claimed the lives of her four young friends has had a dangerous driving case against her adjourned until June.

Dayna Kearney (22), of Crossneen, Carlow, appeared before Naas Circuit Court yesterday.

Ms Kearney, a student, was also seriously injured in the crash with a van on the N78 Athy Link Road at Burtown, near Athy, Co Kildare, on January 6, 2015.

Aisling Middleton, from Athy, and Gemma Nolan, from Carlow, (both 19), were killed instantly.

Their close friends Chermaine Carroll (20) and Niamh Doyle (19), from Carlow also died in the crash.

The five were travelling together in a VW Polo driven by Ms Kearney.

The van Ms Kearney's car was in collision with burst into flames following the crash.

The van driver and passenger were not seriously hurt.

Ms Kearney and the four deceased had been pupils of St Leo's College in Carlow before leaving in 2013.


They remained close despite going to different colleges and jobs after the Leaving Cert.

Judge Michael O'Shea agreed to adjourn the case until June 14 for arraignment.

After the sitting, Ms Kearney was ushered out of a back door of the court building into a waiting car, which had been driven into the yard of the court complex.

She was shielded by relatives and friends and then driven away.

After the crash, several campaigns were launched to help Ms Kearney in her recovery, with one asking people to send her get-well messages and cards, alongside another to get Ed Sheeran to sing to her.

A host of stars - including Hozier, Kodaline, The Coronas, Rosanna Davison, Kathryn Thomas, Laurence Kinlan, Nadia Forde, Sile Seoige, Katie Taylor, Alan Carr, and Laura Whitmore - got behind the #messagefordayna hashtag.


"Thoughts are with Dayna, wishing her a speedy recovery. Sincere condolences to families of Gemma, Chermaine, Niamh, Aisling," wrote Hozier.

"Sending lots of love, positivity and support. Thinking of the family & friends of those tragically lost xx," wrote model and former Miss World Rosanna.

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