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Sunday 25 August 2019

Killer crash man 'can't remember' hitting OAP

Ms Ryan suffered brain injuries and remained unconscious until her death three days later. (stock photo)
Ms Ryan suffered brain injuries and remained unconscious until her death three days later. (stock photo)

A driver who cannot remember the car crash in which a 91-year-old pedestrian died has been spared jail by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Tomas Kennedy (43), of Booterstown Avenue, Blackrock, admitted careless driving causing the death of Beatrice Ryan.

The court was told that Kennedy was not speeding, drunk or tired when he hit Ms Ryan in Old Dublin Road, Stillorgan, in March 2017 as she returned home from lunch with her cousin.

Witnesses heard a thud and saw a woman on the bonnet of a moving car.

Tumour

Ms Ryan suffered brain injuries and remained unconscious until her death three days later.

Kennedy said he remembered nothing between taking a right turn and giving first aid to Ms Ryan.

The court was told that attempts to regain his memory had failed, and that he had given the best account he could of the accident.

The court was told that Kennedy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour when he was 12.

In 2006, he developed epilepsy, but was certified fit to drive before and after the accident.

He was given a one-year suspended jail sentence.

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