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Sunday 8 December 2019

Teen who rear-ended car 'was in rush to get to mass'

N3 slip road toward Clonee
N3 slip road toward Clonee

A teenager who rear-ended another vehicle was rushing because she was on her way to mass and she was late, a court heard.

Anna Silva (19), of Cloncourt in Clonee, was driving a silver Golf when she took the N3 slip road toward Clonee.

Silva was rushing as she was on her way to mass and she was running late.

When Silva took the slip road, she failed to brake and collided with the back of another vehicle, Garda David Gibson told Blanchardstown District Court.

Careless

Silva was initially charged with dangerous driving but the judge accepted a plea to the lesser charge of careless driving.

The defendant admitted careless driving at the N3 Clonee last June 29.

Gda Gibson said that the driver of the other vehicle did not sustain any injuries.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said that Silva, who was originally from Brazil, had come to Ireland a year ago and had been working as a porter on a potato farm.

Silva wished to apologise for what had happened, Ms Jackson said.

Judge David McHugh fined Silva €100.

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