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Thursday 19 July 2018

Firefighter faces trial in pedestrian death case

A retained firefighter charged with failing to help a pedestrian who was knocked down has been sent for trial. (stock photo)
A retained firefighter charged with failing to help a pedestrian who was knocked down has been sent for trial. (stock photo)

A retained firefighter charged with failing to help a pedestrian who was knocked down has been sent for trial.

Derek Keane (38) is also charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Swords District Court heard that the pedestrian, Callum Grimes (27), was walking home after a night out in Skerries last St Stephen's Day.

He was later found with serious injuries on the side of the road by a bread delivery man.

Mr Grimes, of St Catherine's Estate, Rush, died in Beaumont Hospital in July, six months after he was knocked down.

Legislation

It is believed that Mr Keane is one of the first people to be charged under new road traffic legislation introduced in 2014.

It makes it an offence to fail to help an injured person when you know that person needs medical assistance.

Mr Keane, of Loughshinny Harbour, Skerries, is accused of failing to remain at the scene of an accident and with failing to report a fatal accident on the R128 at Loughshinny.

He is also charged with failing to offer assistance to Mr Grimes, with intent to escape liability, knowing that the injury required medical assistance at the scene or that Mr Grimes needed to be taken to hospital.

Mr Keane has not yet indicated how he will plead.

He was remanded on bail in his own bond of €400.

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