Wednesday 20 February 2019

Driver in crash that killed her four friends gets date for trial

Dayna Kearney is charged with dangerous driving
Dayna Kearney is charged with dangerous driving

A young woman charged with dangerous driving involving the death of her four friends is to face trial next month.

Dayna Kearney (22) appeared before Kildare Circuit Court in Naas yesterday.

Ms Kearney, of Crossneen, Carlow, was driving a car that was involved in a collision with a van at Burtown, near Athy, Co Kildare, on January 6, 2015.

Her four passengers - friends Gemma Nolan (19), Charmaine Carroll (20) and Niamh Doyle (19), all from Carlow, and Aisling Middleton (19) from Athy - all died in the crash.

Ms Kearney herself was seriously injured, as were the van driver and his passenger.

The car Ms Kearney was driving ended up off the road from the impact of the crash, and the van it collided with burst into flames.


Ms Kearney is charged with dangerous driving causing death and driving a dangerously defective vehicle.

The court was previously told that a jury will be required in the case.

It has been before the court a number of times, and yesterday Judge Michael O'Shea listed it for hearing on July 10.

The barrister for the Director of Public Prosecutions said it was a "serious case".

Judge O'Shea remanded Ms Kearney on continuing bail.

She was present in court, flanked by family members there to support her.

At a previous sitting of the court last January, barrister for the DPP Daniel Boland said the case had been listed for a long time.

There were four victims' families concerned, and he was anxious that the case proceed.

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