American on driving charge

A US national has appeared in court in Killarney charged with dangerous driving in relation to a head-on collision at Ballynane, Annascaul last Friday, March 28.

Chrisotpher Staab, with an address at Huntington Beach, California, was brought before a special sitting of Killarney District Court on Monday night.

In response to his arrest and charge at Tralee Garda Station on Monday evening Mr Staab replied: "I'm very sorry for the accident".

The court heard that the accident happened at 8.30am last Friday, March 28, on the Annascaul to Camp road when Mr Staab overtook a lorry and crashed into an oncoming vehicle.

While both vehicles were written off in the incident there were only minor injuries reported.

Mr Staab's solicitor David Ramsey said that he was on holidays in Kerry and due to return to the United States this Wednesday. He told the court that his client was quite upset at what had happened and confirmed that he had no previous convictions.

The court heard that Mr Staab would like to avoid a formal conviction and was willing to make a contribution to the court if it were deemed appropriate. After private discussion a figure of €750 was agreed.

Mr Ramsey said his client had learned a serious lesson and said the accident had been a real eye opener for him.

Superintendent Jim O'Connor said the defendant had given full co-operation to Gardaí and that it was unlikely that he would be in court again in Kerry.

The case was adjourned to a court sitting in Tralee on this Wednesday and there was no objection to bail.


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