Friday 24 November 2017

Driver involved in crash that claimed lives of four friends has case adjourned

Dayna Kearney
Dayna Kearney
Dayna Kearney

Eimear Cotter

THE female 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 November.

Dayna Kearney (22), a student, appeared before Kildare Circuit Court sitting at Naas this morning.

The court was told that a jury will be required in the case.

Prosecution lawyer Daniel Boland BL said that the State was not yet ready to proceed to trial as it had only recently been provided with an engineer's report in relation to the accident.

Ms Kearney, of Crossneen in Carlow, was also seriously injured following a collision 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.

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

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

The five young women had been ice-skating and were travelling home together in a VW Polo driven by Ms Kearney.

Ms Kearney's car burst into flames following the crash.

The van driver and passenger were not seriously hurt.

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

Judge Michael O'Shea was told there was consent to the case being adjourned until later this year. Judge O'Shea adjourned the matter until November 14.

He remanded Ms Kearney on continuing bail on the same terms and conditions until that date.

The accused did not address the court during the brief hearing.

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