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Wednesday 17 January 2018

New mother fled car crash scene as she felt 'vulnerable'

Grzegorzewska had a month-old baby at time of the crash
Grzegorzewska had a month-old baby at time of the crash

A new mother who crashed into the rear of a car fled the scene because she felt "vulnerable" after the victim became irate with her.

Angellika Grzegorzewska (22) was driving to the shops to buy baby formula. She was identified after the victim took a picture of her and her car.

Judge Dermot Dempsey adjourned sentencing for one week to allow Grzegorzewska to pay compensation for the damage she caused.

The defendant, of Martello Rise in Balbriggan, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance as well as a number of hit-and-run offences.

The incident took place at Castlemill Link Road in Balbriggan on March 29.

A court sergeant said gardai were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at about 5.30pm.

The sergeant said Grzegorzewska had crashed into the rear driver's side of a brand new 171-registered vehicle.

Trouble

The court heard that the defendant got out and spoke to the victim, who took a picture of her and her car, but she left the scene when she heard gardai had been contacted.

The court heard the defendant has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Morgan Redmond said Grzegorzewska had her first child a month before this incident and she was on her way to the shops to buy food for the baby when the collision occurred.

Mr Redmond said Grzegorzewska left the scene because the victim became irate with her, and she was feeling vulnerable after the birth of her child.

The court heard Grzegorzewska, who is now pregnant with her second child, had also "panicked" because she knew she was uninsured.

Mr Redmond said the damage to the other car was minor.

Judge Dempsey adjourned sentencing for payment of compensation, saying Grzegorzewska caused damage to a brand new vehicle before driving off.

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