No driving ban for motorist who struck cyclist at Limerick pedestrian crossing

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The man pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to careless driving

The man pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to careless driving

A MOTORIST who struck a cyclist at a pedestrian crossing in Limerick late at night has avoided a driving ban.

Brian Curtin, aged 24, of Friarstown, Grange, Kilmallock pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to careless driving relating to an incident which happened on January 9, 2018.

Sergeant Adrian Whelan said the cyclist was on a pedestrian crossing at Childers Road, near the Kilmallock Road Roundabout at around 9.40pm on the night when he was struck.

The man, he added, sustained a broken leg as a result of being struck.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told Mr Curtin, who is in full time employment, has no previous convictions and was fully insured.

Imposing a €500 fine, the judge noted it was a dark night and that all of the defendant’s documentation was in order.

In the circumstances, she said she was exercising her judicial discretion and would not impose a disqualification.

A separate hit and run charge relating to the same incident was withdrawn by the State.

Mr Curtin will receive five penalty points on his driver’s licence.