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Sunday 19 November 2017

Hit-and-run driver jailed for leaving woman in a pool of blood

A YOUNG man who crashed into a woman driver before driving off has been jailed for six months and banned from the roads for life.

Gerry Connors (22) left the driver, Caroline Geraghty, with a bloody face, broken nose and "terrified" of driving.

Ms Geraghty told a court she got lost after leaving the M50 and stopped the car.

She said: "The next thing I looked up and there was blood everywhere. I suffered a broken nose. I later received an operation on my nose. I am very very nervous driving now. I'm terrified."

Connors apologised to her from the dock, while claiming he had only been a passenger in the car.



PATROL

The defendant, of Daletree Place, Ballycullen, denied five counts of dangerous driving as well as driving without insurance or a driving licence at Bohernabreena Road.

He also denied a number of counts of hit and run in the incident on May 19 last year.

Detective Garda Austin Larkin told Tallaght District Court he was on patrol when he saw Connors, who he knew, driving a Volvo in Daletree estate.

The garda said Connors turned into Daletree Avenue where he drove at 50mph. He said there were cars parked along both sides of the street and Connors was driving so fast he would have been unable to stop if somebody had walked in front of him. Garda Larkin said that when Connors reached Old Bawn, he was weaving in and out of traffic.



CONTROL

He was on Bohernabreena Road when he collided with a car which had stopped on the road. Garda Larkin said Connors braked a few times after the collision but drove off. Connors later lost control of the car and crashed into a tree.

When the gardai arrived, they found Connors in the back seat trying to get out of the car.

Connors told the court he had been sitting in the back seat of the car during the pursuit. He said he had not been driving.

Judge James McDonnell noted that Ms Geraghty had to return to hospital where her nose had to be surgically broken again, saying this had to be a traumatic experience for most people.

Judge McDonnell said he would not normally impose a lifetiime driving ban but he felt it was necessary in this case. He also fined Connors €1,000.

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