Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Sinead was only in car after taking a lift' - Heartbroken mum of tragic crash victim

Lillian Maguire, mother of Sinead Maguire, who died in a crash, speaks at her home in Ballybough Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Lillian Maguire, mother of Sinead Maguire, who died in a crash, speaks at her home in Ballybough Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The heartbroken mother of car crash victim Sinead Maguire says she had never intended to be in the vehicle, and had planned to walk home that night.

Ms Maguire (43), of Bayview Avenue, Dublin 3, died when the car she was travelling in hit a pole at the junction of Malahide Road and Clontarf Road at 1.52am on May 29, 2014.

Sinead Maguire
Sinead Maguire

An inquest into her death this week heard that a garda patrol car was travelling 9.5 seconds behind the car that crashed at high speed.

Ms Maguire's mother Lillian said her daughter was in the car by chance after accepting a lift.

"She didn't know the driver or the front seat passenger, she only knew one of their girlfriends who was in the back," she said.

"Sinead walked everywhere, she hated cars, but when they were passing in the car and saw her walking with her shoes in her hand because they were pinching her she agreed to a lift home. Within minutes the car crashed."

Lillian Maguire said hearing the details of the patrol car being so close behind was some vindication, because gardaí had claimed they were 35 to 40 seconds behind the car.

Read more: Garda car 9.5 seconds behind vehicle before fatal crash, inquest told

Garda James Newman was driving the marked squad car, a Ford Focus. He said he was about 35 to 40 seconds behind the car. He denied they were chasing the vehicle.

Garda Terry Moore was in the passenger seat of the patrol car. He said he lost sight of the car before it crashed.

"We were never close enough to be involved in a chase," Gda Moore said.

Forensic Collision Investigator Sergeant Edward Davin said the driver attempted to take a right turn at the junction of Malahide Road and Fairview at excessive speed. The speed on impact was 82kmh.

Gardaí were travelling 9.5 seconds behind the car 160m north of the crash site, according to CCTV footage.

Ms Maguire was not wearing a seatbelt and died due to neck, chest and abdominal injuries from the collision.

The driver of the car, Eric Wansboro, is serving an eight-year sentence for dangerous driving causing death.

Read more: Man jailed for eight years for dangerous driving causing death of woman

Neither he nor front seat passenger Ian McDonagh have any recollection of the crash.

Irish Independent

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