Sunday 18 March 2018

Woman (21) pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths of mother and daughter

Geraldine and Louise Ann Clancy and Susan Gleeson (right)
Geraldine and Louise Ann Clancy and Susan Gleeson (right)

Olivia Kelleher

A 21-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, causing the deaths of a mother and daughter who drowned when their car ended up in a dyke following a crash near their home in north Cork just days before Christmas of 2015.

Susan Gleeson of Leitrim, Kilworth, Co Cork appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday where she pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths of Geraldine and Louise Clancy.

Geraldine (58) and her daughter Louise (22) from Kilworth, Co Cork died after their car was involved in a two car collision on the Fermoy to Ballyduff Road shortly before 11.30am on December 22, 2015.

The late Louise Clancy was known locally as a talented writer and blogger. She had returned home for Christmas from the University of Sussex at Falmer near Brighton where she was on an Erasmus Exchange Programme from UCC.

An inquest in to the deaths of mother and daughter heard that they died from acute cardio respiratory failure due to drowning.

The inquest also heard that the mother and daughter both drowned after their car ploughed into a flooded ditch following a collision with another vehicle.

The accident happened just a kilometre from the Clancy family farm. It is understood the pair were on their way to go Christmas shopping when the crash occurred.

Defence counsel, Jim O’Mahony SC applied for an adjournment of the case saying that he was seeking a report from a psychiatrist. Judge 0'Donnabhain denied his request saying such a move could delay the case by months.

Mr O’Mahony said that Ms Gleeson hoped to have the matter finalised as quickly as possible as “the facts of this case are so sad for everybody involved, the circumstances so unfortunate.”

Judge O'Donnabhain suggested that Mr O'Mahony obtain a report from a GP in relation to Ms Gleeson. The case was adjourned for sentencing until November 21 next.

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