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Amy died when 70mph show-off driver crashed

A JUNIOR Cert student died from head injuries after the car she was travelling in crashed and overturned while the driver performed handbrake turns.

Amy St John (15) was the back seat passenger of a Honda Civic which crashed into a ditch at Feohanagh, Co Limerick and rolled several times on July 10, 2010.

An inquest into her death was held yesterday in Limerick. The inquest had opened last year but was adjourned while the criminal case relating to the incident proceeded.



During yesterday's hearing, Dr Tony Casey read the cause of the teen's death to the jury.

The inquest heard that a post-mortem examination found that Amy, from Woodview, Newcastle West, Co Limerick suffered "multiple complex fractures" to her skull.

Dr Tony Casey said the cause of death was head injuries sustained following a road traffic accident.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.

Last month, Peter Brouder (23) of Castleview Estate, Strand, Newcastle West – the driver of the car – was sentenced to three years imprisonment and banned from driving for 20 years by Judge Carroll Moran after he pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving.

Limerick Circuit Criminal Court heard Brouder, who had no previous convictions, told gardai afterwards that he was "showing off" while driving at speeds up to 70mph.

He performed three handbrake turns, but said he didn't hear any of the three passengers say slow down as there was loud music playing at the time. The car flipped a number of times before it ended up on its roof.

Amy sat her Junior Certificate exams the month before she died. Her family said she wanted to be a social worker.