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Thursday 14 December 2017

Student in crash 'blames mother' over baby death

A STUDENT accused of causing the death of a toddler in a crash blames the child's mother for the collision, a court has heard.

But a prosecutor told a Dungannon Crown Court jury that the claims by John Fahy "simply do not add up".

Fahy (24), from Groagagh Grange in Sligo, denies causing the death of 18-month-old Ryan Cox by driving without due care and attention on the Boa Island Road, Fermanagh, on January 14, 2013.

The Queen's University architecture student also denies causing grievous bodily injury to Ryan's mother, Katriona, through careless driving.

Yesterday, the court heard of frantic efforts by a doctor and ambulance crew to save baby Ryan, who was found strapped in his baby seat looking as if he was just asleep.

As this was going on, firemen were cutting his unconscious mother from their Peugot 307 car.

In her evidence, Mrs Cox revealed she had no memory of the incident.

She told the court she awoke in hospital two days later with her son's blanket over her.

Earlier, the court heard prosecution claims that expert evidence would prove Fahy's Renault Megane car had been on the wrong side of the road when it collided with Mrs Cox's car, and not the other way round.

The prosecution said that shortly before 4pm that January afternoon Mrs Cox, with Ryan strapped in his baby seat, had travelled just over a mile from their home when their car and Fahy's collided.

It was the prosecution case that as Fahy drove around a left-hand bend, near the entrance to Castle Caldwell Forest, he lost control, ended up on the wrong side of the road and "impacted with the vehicle of Mrs Cox".

His driving, said the prosecution, fell far below that of a confident and careful driver, while Mrs Cox "was entirely on the correct side of the road".

"The impact between the two vehicles occurred on the wrong side of the road for the defendant and on the right side of the road for Mrs Cox," claimed the prosecution, who added that gouges and debris on the road supported those findings.

He told the jury "all the evidence" showed the accident was caused "by the defendant on the wrong side of the road".

The prosecution said while Mrs Cox had no memory of the events, Fahy attempted "to blame Mrs Cox for the accident".

spinning

Fahy, the court heard, was interviewed by police when he left hospital two months later.

He claimed the last thing he remembered was "being in my lane", travelling at about 45 to 50mph. He told police as he came round the corner he "remembered" seeing Mrs Cox's car in front of him.

Her car, he claimed, was "going back into her lane", and the next thing, his car was spinning.

Asked by police if he was saying Mrs Cox's car was on the wrong side of the road, "he said yes".

The trial, which is expected to last at least a week, continues today.

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