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Friday 18 August 2017

Mourner panicked and fled after reversing into mum and young son

James Timoney
James Timoney

A DRIVER reversed out of a church car park and knocked over a young mother and her son, throwing him from his buggy.

Carpenter James Timoney (38) had attended a funeral and was leaving the car park when the accident occurred.

He initially got out of his car but left the scene "in a state of shock", his solicitor told Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh applied the probation act after Timoney donated €1,000 to the woman and her son.

The defendant, of Seven Oaks, Swords Road, Dublin 9, admitted failing to keep a vehicle at the scene of an accident at Main Street, Finglas, on April 11 last year.

Sgt Mary Doherty said Timoney was reversing out of a church car park when he knocked a woman to the ground.

She said the woman's young son was thrown from his buggy on to the ground.

Sgt Doherty said the pair were taken to hospital where they remained under observation for seven hours, but they were uninjured.

The sergeant said Timoney, who has never been in trouble before, did not stay at the scene.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Timoney was "so sorry" for the accident.

He said he had been at a funeral and was reversing very slowly out of the car park.

Timoney got out of his car when he hit the woman and her son, and was "in a state of shock" as he had not seen them.

Mr Fleming said the defendant stood there for 20 seconds but then got back into the car and drove off.

The court heard Timoney now works as a barman. He is divorced and has two children.

Judge McHugh applied the Probation Act, saying he accepted Timoney was coming from a funeral, had lost concentration and panicked.

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