Not guilty verdict in fatal car crash trial

An Abbeydorney woman who had been accused of careless driving causing death has been acquitted of the charge at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.

Kelly Anne Roantree (34) - with an address at Clounametig, Abbeydorney - had pleaded not guilty to careless driving causing the death of 29-year-old Mark Shanahan of Lixnaw and Ballymullen, Tralee at Clounametig on the main Tralee to Abbeydorney Road on July 14, 2013.

On Friday, day three of the trial, Judge Tom O'Donnell directed the Jury to find Kelly Anne Roantree not guilty due to weaknesses in the prosecution case.

Judge O'Donnell said that his decision followed an application by the defence which he was not at liberty to discuss with the jury except to say that the prosecution's case did not meet the required standards of proof.