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Driver in dad's van panicked at crash

A SUPERMARKET worker who rear-ended another vehicle at traffic lights drove away in a panic because his father did not know that he had "borrowed" his van, a court heard.

Vincent Finnegan (20) readily admitted he had been driving the van when gardai called to his home in Tallaght.

Judge James McDonnell fined Finnegan €750 and banned him from driving for two years. The defendant, of Donomore Park in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance and to failing to stop at an accident.

Garda Ivor Wilkinson said he was called to the scene of an accident at the Tallaght bypass around 12.30pm on April 26 last year.


Garda Wilkinson said he spoke to the driver of a Ford Ka who said she was stopped at traffic lights when a white van ran into the back of her vehicle, damaging the bumper.

The court heard that Finnegan remained at the scene for long enough for the driver to get his registration details, but then drove away in a panic.

The garda said he later visited Finnegan's home and the defendant admitted he was driving. He also showed remorse for his behaviour.

The court heard Finnegan had four previous convictions, including one for dangerous driving. Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said Finnegan had borrowed his father's van, and his father was unaware of it. He said the van was insured but the defendant was not covered in the insurance policy.