Monday 16 September 2019

No 'ill feeling' towards driver

In her heartfelt Victim Impact Statement Eileen Carty told Carrick-on-Shannon Circuit Court that she and her family had no 'ill feeling' towards Caitriona Leonard following the loss of her son.

At the sentencing of Leonard who pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death, Ms Carty told the court that the accident was 'catastrophic'.

Ms Carty said her son was 'the glue that bonded us together'.

She described her son as a 'gentle, quiet, quick witted and selfless person who thought of everyone'.

"He was a cheeky chappy with a signature smile. Our buddy our compass. A son, a boyfriend, a brother, a grandson, the coolest and best uncle, godfather, friend and role model."

Mr Carty's mother recalled how just a number of weeks before the accident the family had gone on a camping trip and since the accident they have not been able to return to their usual holiday past time.

Passionate about motorbikes, Mr Carty was not one for speed and his mother noted that he was nicknamed 'Miss Daisy' by his friends.

"He had great attention to detail when caring for his bike or car. He used to attend Moto GP and the Isle of Man TT."

Naturally athletic, Mr Carty ran the Dublin City Marathon and running was 'effortless' to him.

Mentioning other passions, Ms Carty said her son reared his own calves and loved spending time with family, bringing his siblings' children to Strandhill for icecream.

"This is the worst thing that ever happened our family. We miss his presence and the sound of his voice. We're re learning the world, finding a new normal, a void fills our hearts and lungs."

Glenn's mother said meeting Ms Leonard had helped and described the accident as an 'inconceivable perfect storm'.

"Nobody set out that day to cause anybody harm, we have no ill feelings to Caitriona and her family, this has been a profound event for them."

Ms Carty said though Post Traumatic Stress Disorder had torn through the family, they are trying to rejoice that they have each other as Glenn would have wanted them to 'live well'.

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