Widow found not guilty of reckless endangerment

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A County Limerick pensioner who was charged in connection with the death of a lifelong friend two years ago has been found not guilty of reckless endangerment.

A County Limerick pensioner who was charged in connection with the death of a lifelong friend two years ago has been found not guilty of reckless endangerment.

However, Mary Meade, aged 70, of Lissard, Galbally was found guilty of parking her car in a dangerous manner outside Jim Corbett’s home on the date of a multi-vehicle collision which resulted in his death.

During the two day trial at Limerick Circuit Court, the jury was told that Mrs Meade, who was a “lifelong friend” of the deceased man, had parked her Opel Astra car on the wrong the side of the road and left her headlights on as she was about to leave his home at Ballyfroota, Ballylanders.

At around 9pm on November 26, 2010 her car was struck by a Toyota Rav 4 jeep and Mr Corbett, 80, was knocked to the ground and later died in hospital.

This afternoon, following less than an hour of deliberations, the jury returned with its unanimous verdicts.

Afterwards, Judge Carroll Moran said it was a “very sad case” but he noted that the Corbett and Meade families remain on good terms.

In the circumstances, he said he was not imposing a penalty but noted that the offence carries five penalty points