Unroadworthy car passed NCT before fatal crash - inquest
A car which crashed last year killing a child and three women was not roadworthy despite passing an NCT three months earlier, an inquest was told.
Fanny Oraweme Akenbor, 44, was driving the Nissan Almera car when it crashed at Portnashangan, near Mullingar, on June 28 last year.
Her passengers Queenent Amenaghawon Olige-esezobor, 42 and Patience Iteire-Jeeti, 38, and her daughter Jessica, all died when the Almeria veered across the Dublin to Sligo N4 and stuck another vehicle.
RTE News has reported that at their inquest in Mullingar this afternoon PSV inspector Garda William Walsh said he examined both vehicles after the collision and found the car driven by Ms Akenbor to be unroadworthy.
He said a ball joint on the front wheel was loose and should have been removed and replaced.
This would have shown up on any substantial check on the car and he said the defect had been there for some time in his opinion, he added.
The four were travelling home from an all-night prayer vigil in Dublin when the collision occurred in the early hours of the morning.
Garda James Grogan told the inquest that the car driven by Ms Akenbor had failed an NCT test on 21 February, 2014.
Listed among the defects in that NCT report were a loose ball joint, a broken stop lamp and a leaking rear suspension, RTE reported.
The NCT report on 21 February specifically said that the front suspension ball joint was worn.
The car had been retested on March 18, 2014, and passed by the NCT centre.
Solicitor Brendan Muldowney, who represented the driver's family, later said the crash needs to be further investigated.