Friday 23 August 2019

Motorcyclist's mother pleas for driver caution

Ciara Galvin

The mother of a 34-year-old man who was killed after his motorcycle collided with a car outside Lough Rynn Castle has appealed to motorists to 'look twice' for motorcyclists on the road.

In her Victim Impact Statement, Eileen Carty said her life and the lives of her family had been 'utterly shattered' after her son Glenn died following a road traffic accident on August 5th, 2017, at Cloonchair, Mohill, Co Leitrim.

The driver of the car which Glenn's motorcycle collided with, Caitriona Leonard (46), of Hamilton Place, Trim Co Meath, was last week sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death.

Carrick-on-Shannon Cicruit Court heard Ms Leonard was making her way out of Lough Rynn Castle the day after her brother's wedding when the accident took place.

The driver, who was accompanied by her three year old daughter stopped at a T junction at the Rinn Rd. She was intending to turn right towards Mohill and drove partially out onto the road and stopped.

Sergeant Ronan Mooney told the court Mr Carty was travelling on his Suzuki from the Mohill direction towards Drumlish. He told the court Mr Carty was driving 'well below the speed limit of 80kmh'.

The motorcycle collided with the front right side of Ms Leonard's Mercedes Benz which caused Mr Carty to be propelled over the car.

A witness statement from a fellow motorist, Ron Johnson detailed that he saw Ms Leonard's car leaving the junction, and she stopped and appeared to reverse back. Mr Jonhson drove past the junction seeing Carty driving in the opposite direction. He then saw the collision in his rear view mirror.

The court heard two doctors and a nurse who were staying in Lough Rynn Castle attended the scene and provided first aid, however, Mr Carty was pronounced dead at the scene.

State prosecution, Mr Donal Keane put it to the sergeant that Mr Carty could do 'little or nothing' to avoid the accident on the day, to which the sergeant responded, 'correct'.

Ms Leonard was breathalysed at the scene and no alcohol was found. Following the accident Ms Leonard received a Fixed Charge Penalty notice for driving unaccompanied as a learner driver and not having L plates displayed.

The court was told Ms Leonard 'deeply regrets' what happened on the day and becomes emotional when speaking of the accident and Mr Carty is always in her prayers.

Ms Leonard was sentenced to one year in prison, which was suspended in its entirety providing she enters a bond of €100 and is of good behaviour for one year. She was also disqualified from driving for a period of four years.

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