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No way of avoiding crash on botharín

A WEST Limerick postal worker whose An Post van collided with a car occupied by a woman and two children on a narrow byroad in Glin has been fined €200 at Listowel District Court for driving without reasonable consideration.

Gerry Noonan, Main Street, Ballyhahill, Co Limerick, appeared before Judge Mary O'Halloran pleading guilty to the offence contrary to section 51(a) of the Road Traffic Act.

Gardaí told the court that at 9.30am on July 14 last Mr Noonan had been involved in a collision with a woman at Ballyguiltenane Lower, Glin.

The court heard their vehicles crashed at a bend on a narrow country lane with a grassy median.

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"Both vehicles took action to avoid each other but there was a collision," gardaí explained. Only one injury occured — a 'minor wound' to one of the children.

Solicitor Pat Enright said the point of impact had occured 'dead centre' on the road, and explained that due to the hedgerow growth and the bend neither driver could see the other oncoming.

"He's a postal worker and needs a clean licence for his work and is very anxious to avoid the section 52 matter," Mr Enright said.

The solicitor was referring to the original charge of careless driving brought against Mr Noonan by the State.

However, the State agreed to commute that charge to the lesser offence of driving without reasonable consideration, to which Mr Noonan pleaded guilty.