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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Tell Maria she's in clear over fatal car accident – Dundon

TV chef Kevin Dundon has called on Danish police to tell his grieving sister-in-law she will not face charges over the crash which led to the death of three of her children.

There was outrage last week when Danish man Lasse Burholt (39) was given a €1,340 fine and three-year conditional driving suspension over the deaths of the Irish children.

Soren (11), Saoirse (9) and Connor (3) died in a car smash on holiday in Denmark last July. Only mother Maria and nine-month-old Torben survived.

The children's father Brian O'Shea described the sentence as "absolutely outrageous".

Following the incident, the children's mother Maria O'Shea was charged with alleged negligent homicide over the crash that claimed the lives of three of her children as normal police procedure. But Kevin Dundon said Maria hasn't heard officially from Danish authorities that charges have been dropped.

"However upset that makes me feel, given her loss, you can imagine how horrendous that it is for her," he told the Herald.

Lasse Burholt had been travelling at 125kmh in an 80kmh zone when he collided with a car driven by the children's mother, Maria O'Shea.

Her husband Brian O'Shea is the brother of Mr Dundon's wife Catherine.

Burholt was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Mr Dundon said the fact that Burholt had been found guilty would help the couple with their grief but nothing would bring their children back.

"Brian and Maria have to pick up the pieces now. They face going back to their home now in Australia," Mr Dundon said.

BACKING

"To see their children's bedrooms and the toys they left behind. I really don't know where they get the strength to go on."

The RTE star said they had the backing of a strong, supportive family and the couple would stay with himself and his wife at their home in Dunbrody, Co Wexford before they returned to Australia.

Mr Dundon was speaking at the launch of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards in which his 'Kevin Dundon's Modern Irish Food' is shortlisted.

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