Out-of-control driver gets two-year ban
A YOUNG driver who took a corner at speed, lost control and crashed headlong into a wall has been put off the road for two years.
Simon Hood (23) had three passengers in the 2001-registered car and one of them suffered a broken arm in the accident.
A judge said Hood was "very lucky" that no one was seriously injured in the crash.
Judge Ann Ryan banned Hood from driving for two years and ordered him to complete 150 hours' community service in lieu of four months in prison.
Hood, of Clarinda Park East, in Dun Laoghaire, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to dangerous driving, as well as some minor road traffic offences.
The crash happened at the junction of the N11 and Mount Merrion on December 2, 2009.
Garda Alan McGrath said he was called to the scene of the accident.
He said Hood had lost control of his car as he tried to make a turn at a junction.
He added that Hood was travelling too fast to make the turn, lost control and the car collided head-on with a wall.
Two heavy skid marks were visible on the road after the crash, said the garda.
The court heard that a rear-seat passenger had suffered a fractured arm in the accident, though Hood claimed that this was because the passenger was not wearing his seatbelt.
Garda McGrath said Hood has 18 previous convictions, all for road traffic matters.
Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said the car belonged to Hood's friend and he was insured to drive it.