Monday 20 November 2017

'Reckless' motorcyclist avoids jail term

Conor Gallagher

A DUBLIN Bus driver who left a pedestrian severely brain damaged when he knocked her down while riding his motorcycle in a cycle lane, has avoided jail .

Lukas Krycia (29) was over the speed limit when he hit mother-of-two Anne Marie Campbell as she was crossing the road.

Yesterday a judge noted, "we all make mistakes" as he sentenced Krycia to two-and-a-half years, suspended in full on condition that he pays €6,000 compensation to the victim's family.

Ms Campbell (40) was left severely brain damaged and is now unable to live independently. She can no longer work as a home carer and is unable to care for her children without supervision.

Judge Martin Nolan said that Krycia acted in a "grossly reckless" manner.

However, he commented that "we all make mistakes while driving and sometimes even the best of people take chances they shouldn't take".

The judge also took into account that Krycia will lose his job as a Dublin Bus driver as his offence automatically carries a four-year driving ban.

Krycia, of Summerville Green, Walkinstown, originally from Poland, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing serious injury on the Crumlin Road on November 3, 2011.

Garda James Geary told prosecuting counsel Ronan Kennedy Krycia was bypassing the slow moving morning traffic by speeding up the cycle lane on his Yamaha motorcycle.

He hit the victim as she stepped into the cycle lane. A later investigation showed he was going at least 53kmh and possibly much more. The speed limit was 50kmh.

Witnesses reported seeing Ms Campbell being flung several feet in the air.

Irish Independent

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