Wednesday 23 May 2018

Young woman to face trial for dangerous driving causing the deaths of her four friends

Victims of Athy crash (left to right) Niamh Doyle, Aisling Middleton, Gemma Nolan, and Chermaine Carroll
Victims of Athy crash (left to right) Niamh Doyle, Aisling Middleton, Gemma Nolan, and Chermaine Carroll

Paula Campbell

A driver whose four friends were killed in a car accident last year has been sent for trial on allegations of dangerous driving causing death.

Dayna Kearney, 21, from Crossneen in Carlow appeared before Athy District Court today where she was served a book of evidence.

The court heard that she will be sent forward for trial to the Naas Circuit Court sitting which begins on June 21, 2016 next.

A Volkswagen Polo, driven by Ms Kearney, collided with a van on the N78 Athy Link Road at Burtown on January, 6, 2015.

Athy resident Aisling Middleton (19) and Carlow natives Niamh Doyle (19), Chermaine Carroll (20) and Gemma Nolan (19) all died as a result of the accident.

Ms Kearney is also charged with driving a defective vehicle at the time of the accident.

The solicitor for Ms Kearney, Seamus Taafe, informed the court that his client would like to travel to the US in the summer for work. She has currently surrendered her passport as a condition of her bail.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said that an application for the return of her passport would be better made before the circuit court.

He sent the case forward for trial on the charge of dangerous driving and noted that there were no issues with the ability of the defendant to plead the case. Ms Kearney was also charged with knowingly driving a defective vehicle.

Ms Kearney did not speak in court choosing instead to nod to the court to confirm her name, address and alibi warning. She was remanded on continued bail with the conditions that she reside at her home address in Carlow or notify gardai 24 hours of a change of address.

Her passport must remain surrendered and she is not permitted to apply for alternative travel documents.

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