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Pizza-run student crashed on flyover after driving 'too hard'


Dervla Kennelly made an error of judgment, court heard

Dervla Kennelly made an error of judgment, court heard

Dervla Kennelly made an error of judgment, court heard

A student crashed her car into railings on a south Dublin flyover when she lost control while on a late night pizza run.

Dervla Kennelly (21) was bringing food back to student residences when she took a turn on the bridge too fast and crashed into the barrier, sending it down an embankment.

She was fined €450 but spared a driving ban after a court heard she made an "error of judgment".

Kennelly, a TCD student from Springwood, Monkstown, Cork, admitted careless driving.

Gda Anthony Moran told Dublin District Court he attended the scene of a single-vehicle accident at the UCD flyover, Stillorgan Road, at 2.20am last November 15.

He saw a Ford Fiesta which had mounted the footpath and collided with metal railings on the dual carriageway. The railing had detached and fallen down the embankment.


The driver had waited at the scene before returning to nearby student apartments.

After viewing CCTV footage, the garda said she had taken the slip road and "was driving too hard" to make the right turn.

She co-operated fully and what happened was a "once-off error of judgment", her barrister Martin Dully said.

She had been alone in the car on a pizza run and was a short distance from the apartments.

Given where the car ended up, she was "very shocked, anxious and distressed".

Kennelly, who also had a job as a waitress, was a responsible, hard-working young woman who had learned an "important lesson", Mr Dully said.

"It would appear she lost control of the vehicle and inexperience and speed were factors," he said.

Kennelly had originally been charged with dangerous driving, but Judge Paula Murphy agreed to reduce the charge.