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Monday 22 April 2019

Woman charged over car crash that left one dead and three injured

Rosemarie Gallagher leaves court
Rosemarie Gallagher leaves court

A woman has been charged with careless driving causing the death of one pedestrian and seriously injuring three others in a crash in the south of the city.

Rosemarie Gallagher (61) is facing trial after she appeared in court yesterday charged over the incident in 2017.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded her on continuing bail for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Ms Gallagher, of Belville, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, is charged with driving without due care and attention.

The charge alleges that this caused the death of Frenchman Benjamin Renard (24) and serious harm to three other men.

Arrested

The incident happened at Adelaide Road, Dublin 2, on August 22, 2017.

Det Gda Patrick Traynor said he arrested Ms Gallagher at Pearse Street Garda Station on the morning of March 27 and she made no reply to the charge after caution.

She was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Det Gda Traynor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment, meaning the case will be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for trial when a book of evidence is ready.

Judge Walsh asked where the accused was as she had not come forward when her case was called.

Her barrister said she was "on a scooter in the back of the court".

He said he had no further application to make, and the judge adjourned the case to a date in June.

Ms Gallagher was not required to address the court during the brief hearing and has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charge.

When the proceedings concluded, she left the Criminal Courts on her mobility scooter.

Mr Renard, a LinkedIn acc-ount manager from France, was hit by a car as he was walking on a footpath with friends on Adelaide Road at 6.15pm on the date in question, an inquest into his death heard previously.

Convertible

The car, a Saab convertible, ended up on its side in the middle of the road.

Four Dublin Fire Brigade tenders and three of the service's ambulances attended the scene.

Two ambulances from the National Ambulance Service also went to the scene.

The four men and the driver of the car were rushed to hospital. Mr Renard was first taken to St James's and later transferred to Beaumont, where he was treated in the intensive care unit.

Family members travelled from France as efforts were made to save his life, but he died two weeks later, on September 5.

A post-mortem conducted by Dr Francesca Brett gave the cause of death as cerebral trauma due to a road traffic collision.

Mr Renard had studied at Dublin City University until 2014 when he was awarded a BA in global business, marketing and sales.

He had previously earned a BSc degree in France.

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