Driver 'panicked' when wing mirror hit pedestrian
An apprentice electrician left a pedestrian with a bruised arm after he struck him with his wing mirror.
Keane Maguire (20) panicked and left the scene of the incident.
Judge Cormac Dunne fined Maguire €500 and disqual- ified him from driving for two years.
The defendant, of Abbeyvale Court, Swords, admitted careless driving and a hit- and-run offence when he app-eared before Swords District Court.
The incident happened at Seafield, Donabate, last May 26.
Gda Philip Walsh said Maguire's wing mirror struck the pedestrian on the arm as he drove past.
Gda Walsh said the pedestrian was not seriously injured and did not suffer any long-term injuries, but he did have a visible bruise on the right forearm afterwards.
The officer said the accident happened on a narrow country road on the way to the beach. There was no footpath on the road, he added.
Gda Walsh said Maguire drove away from the scene at speed, and a second pedestrian was forced to quickly pull his dogs out of the way to avoid being hit.
The court heard that Maguire had never been in trouble before.
Defence solicitor John Hennessy said Maguire was working as an apprentice electrician.
His mother was in court to support him, the solicitor said.
Mr Hennessy said Maguire had "made a mess of this incident".
The court heard that the defendant was a young man and he had "panicked" when his wing mirror hit the pedestrian.
He was not thinking clearly and he had fled the scene, said Mr Hennessy.
He added that the defendant was fully insured at the time.
Banning Maguire from driving for two years, Judge Dunne said he could understand how easily something like this could have happened.