A JUDGE has praised the presence of mind shown by a young mother in taking down the registration of a car that collided with hers - causing her car to spin - while she was carrying a baby in the back.
Martin McCarthy was not present to contest a charge of careless driving but was convicted in his absence and disqualified from driving for two years. He was previously convicted for having no insurance or driving licence on the same date.
Mr McCarthy, 24, of the Crescent, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, had struck the car being driven by Anna Hartigan by overtaking as she attempted to turn right at a junction in the Kilteragh estate at 2.40pm on February 8, 2012. He told gardai that he thought she had been slowing down.
Ms Hartigan told Insp Dermot O’Connor that Mr McCarthy had stopped to see if she was okay but had driven on without exchanging information. The front bumper of her car had been severely damaged but the baby was unharmed.
She had managed to put Mr McCarthy’s registration number into her phone and passed it on to the gardai who questioned the accused afterwards at the Crescent, Kilteragh.
Garda Josephine Falvey said he admitted having been involved in the accident and to having no insurance or no driving licence. The silver Skoda he had been driving belonged to Mr McCarthy’s girlfriend.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he wished to “compliment Ms Hartigan on having the presence of mind to take down the registration number and record it in her phone in circumstances where she must have been quite upset, her car having been spun around and with an infant child in the back”.
It was an aggravating factor, the judge added, that Mr McCarthy - having been convicted for having no licence or insurance on the same day - should take up a hearing date for which he had not himself turned up and which required Ms Hartigan to come in and give evidence.
He disqualified Mr McCarthy from driving for two years for careless driving and imposed a fine of €1,000.