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Richard Quigley was also fined €1,000 over the incident

Richard Quigley was also fined €1,000 over the incident

Richard Quigley was also fined €1,000 over the incident

A doctor has been banned from driving for two years for knocking a cyclist off her bike in a road accident caused by a "momentary lapse of attention".

Richard Quigley (61) was also fined €1,000 over the incident, which left the cyclist with several fractures.

Quigley (61), of Belgrove Lawn, Chapelizod, had pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Bow Lane West, Kilmainham.

The case was heard previously at Dublin District Court and Judge Colin Daly had adjourned it to consider a penalty.

Quigley's lawyer had asked the judge to leave the accused without a criminal record.

However, when the case came back before the court, the judge convicted, fined and banned the accused.

Garda Derek Tubridy said previously that Quigley was driving at 6.25pm and made a left turn, causing a cyclist to be knocked off her bike.

Lapse

There was no evidence of erratic driving, speed, alcohol or other aggravating factors.

It was "simply a case of a momentary lapse of attention while making a left turn", the defence lawyer said. It was a "mere error of judgment".

Quigley waited at the scene for gardai, went voluntarily to the garda station and accepted full responsibility.

He was a medical physician and father-of-two with an "unblemished record" and no previous convictions.

Gda Tubridy said the victim sustained "a number of fractures" and was on crutches for a time.

There had been a possibility she would need surgery, but this did not happen.

"She is fully functional at the moment," the officer said.

There was no evidence of damage to the car or bike, and the garda agreed "it was the fall that caused the injuries".