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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Driver said sorry and left scene after crash

Uninsured driver Deborah Rafferty (37) crashed into the back of a friend’s car but drove off before gardai arrived. (Stock photo)
Uninsured driver Deborah Rafferty (37) crashed into the back of a friend’s car but drove off before gardai arrived. (Stock photo)

An uninsured driver who crashed into the back of a friend's car apologised to her but drove off before gardai arrived.

Deborah Rafferty (37) was banned from driv- ing for four years and fined €50.

Drogheda District Court heard Rafferty's friend suffered whiplash in the crash. Her two children were in the car at the time.

Judge John Coughlan ordered Rafferty to complete 240 hours of community service work in lieu of five months in prison.

Rafferty, of Rath View, Termonfeckin, Co Louth, admitted careless driving, driving without insurance and three counts of hit-and-run at Donore Road, Drogheda on March 3 last year.

Compensation

Gda Joanne Maguire gave evidence after she was called to a traffic collision at around 4pm on that day.

The victim told her she had her children in the car and the defendant, who she had known for nine years, drove into the back of it.

She told Gda Maguire that Rafferty asked her if she was OK, said sorry, got into her car and left the scene.

The victim said she received no compensation for damage to the car.

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