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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Motorist accused of knocking down woman (85) faces trial

Deirdre Kilpatrick (57) has denied the charges against her
Deirdre Kilpatrick (57) has denied the charges against her

A driver accused of knocking down an elderly pedestrian, shattering both of her knees, is facing trial.

Deirdre Kilpatrick (57) told gardai she was unaware she had hit the woman, who was 85 years old at the time.

It was alleged the senior citizen's life "completely changed" after the incident, that she suffered "catastrophic injuries" and spent five months recovering in hospital.

Judge John Cheatle adjourned the case to a date in May for the book of evidence.

The accused, of Derham Park, Balbriggan, has denied careless driving causing serious harm to a pedestrian at Hampton Street, Balbriggan, on March 28, 2018.

Ms Kilpatrick is also charged with failing to stay at the scene of an accident.

The matter was before Swords District Court for hearing. However, a State solicitor said the charge was indictable only and could not be dealt with at district court level.

Stress

Ms Kilpatrick's lawyer argued the case should be struck out, saying this was the third time it had been set for hearing.

The case had caused Ms Kilpatrick considerable stress, and she was prejudiced by any delay.

The State argued the case had progressed fairly rapidly and there was no specific prejudice toward the accused.

Judge Cheatle agreed the delay was not sufficient to prejudice Ms Kilpatrick.

In relation to the allegation, Garda Megan O'Brien previously said she received a call an elderly lady had been knocked down by a silver Mercedes.

Gda O'Brien alleged the woman's knees were shattered, she spent five months in hospital and received extensive physiotherapy.

Gda O'Brien also alleged Ms Kilpatrick admitted she was driving the car but was unaware she had hit the victim.

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