Thursday 18 July 2019

Probe into New Year teen death

Ballincollig fatality: Inquest hears file sent to DPP

Gardai have forwarded a file to the DPP following the death on a 16 year old schoolgirl after she was struck by a car as she was crossing the road on New Year's Eve, an inquest has been told.

Roisin Mae O'Donovan from Ivy Circle, Muskerry Estate, Ballincollig was fatally injured when she was struck by a car while crossing the Main Street in Ballincollig at around 7.45pm on New Year's Eve.

Ms O'Donovan, a Transition Year student at Ballincollig Community School, was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where she underwent treatment but she died the following day, New Year's Day.

Last week at Cork Coroner's Court, Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster gave evidence of her autopsy and told the inquest that Ms O'Donovan died from severe brain injury following a road traffic collision.

Sgt Fergus Twomey told the court that gardai had forwarded a file to the DPP and he applied for an adjournment under Section 25 of the Coroner's Act in the event of a decision being taken to initiate criminal proceedings.

Cork City Coroner, Philip Comyn granted the adjournment application and adjourned the matter for mention until September 5th next when gardai will in a position to provide further information on whether criminal proceedings have begun.

A granddaughter of well-known Ballincollig construction industry official Jimmy Carroll, Roisin's death was the first fatal casualty of 2019 and cast a pall over the New Year celebrations in Ballincollig, where locals were shocked by her tragic death.