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Friday 30 September 2016

Driver hit by own broken-down car while looking under bonnet

Gardai said the victim suffered head and leg injuries as well as bruising to his upper arm and a cut to the right eye. (Stock picture)
Gardai said the victim suffered head and leg injuries as well as bruising to his upper arm and a cut to the right eye. (Stock picture)

A motorist was hit by his own broken-down car after another driver struck the side of it, shunting it forward as he looked under the bonnet, a court heard.

Mechanic Graham Paul (46) said visibility was poor near the M50 at Dundrum at the time of the accident.

Judge John Lindsay fined him €300 but did not disqualify him.

Paul, with an address at Hillcrest Road, Sandyford, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to careless driving and driving without insurance.

The incident happened at the R113 between junctions 13 and Dundrum on the M50 last May 17.

Gda Sgt Peadar McCann said a vehicle had broken down and was parked at the side of the road.

He said Paul's vehicle hit the right hand side of the stationary vehicle and shunted it forward, hitting the driver who was standing in front of his car and looking under the bonnet.

Sgt McCann said the victim suffered head and leg injuries as well as bruising to his upper arm and a cut to the right eye.

Recovery

He said the Dublin Fire Brigade was called and the victim was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for treatment.

Sgt McCann said Paul stayed at the scene to offer help to the injured party.

The sergeant said he admitted to gardai at the scene that he was not insured to drive at the time.

Sgt McCann said the victim has since made a full recovery from his injuries.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam told the court that "visi- bility wasn't ideal" in the area at the time, but Paul realised the incident should not have happened.

Mr Lynam said the defendant previously had a successful business but had suffered a heart attack in 2011 and lost it.

He said his client is trying to get work again as a car mechanic and recently took out a lease on a small premises.

Mr Lynam said the defendant was moving the car from his home to Clondalkin at the time of the incident and realised he was not insured to drive the vehicle.

The solicitor asked Judge Lindsay not to put Paul, a separated father-of-one, off the road as he is trying to set himself up in business again.

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