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Driver hit parked car then drove off

A DRIVER who crashed into a parked car claimed she got behind the wheel after she received a panicked call from a friend who said her life was under threat.

Bridget O'Leary (37) initially stopped when she hit the parked car but drove off in a panic when the car owner came out of a nearby shop and confronted her.

A court heard that O'Leary caused €1,800 worth of damage to the car.

Judge Dermot Dempsey fined O'Leary €500, banned her from driving for three years and imposed a three-month suspended sentence.

The defendant, of Bremore Pastures Way in Balbriggan, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance.

She also admitted to a number of hit and run offences.


Garda Tom Tighe said O'Leary was driving along Railway Street in Balbriggan shortly before 4pm on October 2, 2012 when she crashed into a parked car.

Gda Tighe said the car owner, who works locally, heard a loud bang and came out of a nearby shop. She questioned O'Leary asking her if she had hit her car and the defendant admitted she had. The garda said O'Leary then drove away.

The court heard the defendant has three previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Eleanor Kelly said O'Leary, a married woman with five children, stopped when she hit the parked car but panicked when the victim came out and drove off.

Ms Kelly said O'Leary doesn't usually drive but got behind the wheel after a panicked call from a friend.

The court also heard the defendant, who is on disability allowance, suffers from sciatica and herniated discs and has no intention of driving again.