AN uninsured driver who was “rear-ended” in a single vehicle collision avoided a disqualification despite admitting that she left the scene of the accident.
Jacinta Pyne, aged 33, with an address at Hillcroft Close, St Patrick’s Road pleaded guilty to driving without insurance at Mallow Street on March 19, last.
Sergeant Donal Cronin told Judge Eugene O’Kelly that gardai responded to reports of a “minor slight impact collision” at around 11.30pm on the date of the offence.
He said the defendant was not present when gardai arrived as she had “foolishly left the scene”.
Sgt Cronin said the defendant was identified a short time later as she had given her name and contact details to the driver of the car which hit her.
The court was told the manner of Ms Pyne’s driving on the night was “not a factor” in the accident.
Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client believed the driver of the other car was going to pay for the damage caused to her vehicle but that he “took advantage” of the fact that she was not insured by calling the gardai.
The total amount of damage caused to Ms Pyne’s ca was around €1,200 and Ms Ryan added that she has chosen not to initiate civil proceedings in relation to the accident.
“I don’t believe she wants to take action,” Ms Ryan said.
Judge O’Kelly was told that while Pyne had taken out insurance several months earlier, the policy had been cancelled as she had missed a number of monthly payments.
Urging the judge not disqualify her client from driving, Ms Ryan said the mother-of-four now lives in Clonmel and needs her car to visit her mother who is ill.
The judge imposed a fine of €250 in relation to the no insurance charge and, in the circumstances, he said he would not impose a disqualification.
Judge O’Kelly added that he was “not happy to record a conviction” in relation to the other charge as the defendant “had done what was required of her” by giving her name and details to the other driver in circumstances where he was assuming responsibility.