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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Hit-and-run crash student 'panicked' after wrecking cars

Mateusz Matuszczyk paid €500 in compensation
Mateusz Matuszczyk paid €500 in compensation

A college student who lost control of his car crashed into a vehicle parked in a driveway, which struck a second and damaged the front of a house.

Mateusz Matuszczyk (28) "panicked" and left the scene after the incident.

The two parked vehicles had to be written off, and there was structural damage to the front of the house, a court heard.

Judge Miriam Walsh convicted and fined Matuszczyk €600 after he paid compensation of €500 to the injured party.

The defendant, of Killeen Crescent, Malahide, admitted failing to report an accident at Gaybrook Lawns, Malahide, on November 25, 2017.

Gda Matthew O'Connor told Swords District Court that Matuszczyk was crossing Swords Road in his car at around 12.20am when he hit a vehicle that was parked in a driveway at Gaybrook Lawns.

Gda O'Connor said this vehicle jumped forward and hit a second vehicle, which was also parked in the drive.

Trouble

The second vehicle hit the front of the house, causing some structural damage.

Gda O'Connor said the driver left the scene of the accident.

The officer said he later spoke to the registered owner of the vehicle, and Matuszczyk was nominated as the driver at the time of this incident.

The court heard that the defendant had never been in any sort of trouble before.

Defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery said Matuszczyk was originally from Poland and was in his final year of a computing degree at the National College of Ireland.

Ms Flannery said her client wished to apologise to the court for his behaviour, which was unacceptable.

She said Matuszczyk had written a letter of apology to the injured party and had also paid €500 compensation for the damage.

Ms Flannery said he had panicked and driven off, which he should not have done.

The solicitor also asked the judge not to disqualify Matuszczyk, saying he had not come to garda attention since this incident.

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