A truck driver has avoided a prison sentence for veering off the M8 Dublin-Cork motorway and killing a young mother in a car on her way to see her sick newborn baby in hospital.
Tipperary Circuit Criminal Court heard Nicola Kenny (26) died instantly from multiple injuries in the incident between the truck and the car in which she was a back seat passenger.
The crash happened just seconds after she heard from Temple Street Children's Hospital that her 24-hour-old baby Lily Rose was fine and she didn't need to make the trip to Dublin to see her.
Truck driver Ciaran McBride (33) pleaded guilty before Tipperary Circuit Criminal Court to careless driving causing death between Junctions 10 and nine on the M8 Dublin-Cork motorway on September 5, 2016.
Judge Tom Teehan, in imposing a suspended 18-month prison sentence, said the evidence indicated it was most likely the truck driver momentarily fell asleep at the wheel rather than being distracted by a fit of sneezing as claimed.
"(It was) much more consistent with falling asleep at the wheel," he said.