Limerick man charged over ‘hit and run’

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Court
A TEENAGER was granted bail when he appeared in court charged in connection with a serious road accident in the city centre, earlier this year during which a woman was seriously injured.

A TEENAGER was granted bail when he appeared in court charged in connection with a serious road accident in the city centre, earlier this year during which a woman was seriously injured.

Thomas Kiely, aged 18, of Barnakyle, Patrickswell faces a total of 12 charges in connection with the alleged hit and run which happened at O’Connell Street in the early hours of May 18, last.

The defendant is accused of dangerous driving, endangerment, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident, making a false report to gardai, driving without insurance, driving without a driving licence as well as a number of other road traffic offences.

Garda Sean O’Hagan, Henry Street, told Limerick Court that he arrested and charged the defendant in relation to the incident.

He told Limerick Court that in response to one of the charges Mr Kiely replied: “It was by accident, it would have been a different story if I meant it.”

It is alleged that the woman - a female nurse from Tarbert in County Kerry - was seriously injured when she was knocked down at around 2.40am on the date in question.

The 26-year-old was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital following the incident and it is understood her shoulders, ankles and pelvis were shattered in the impact.

Sgt Donal Cronin, Henry Street, said a file had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the accident and that there was consent for summary disposal if Kiely pleads guilty.

The defendant was granted free legal aid and gardai did not object to a bail application which was made on his behalf by solicitor Darach McCarthy who was assigned to represent him.

Mr McCarthy sought disclosure in the case, which was adjourned until February 20, 2013 when Kiely will have to indicate whether or not he is pleading guilty.

Adjourning the case, Judge Eugene O’Kelly noted that the DPP has consented to summary.