Limerick motorist who struck pedestrian did not report incident to gardai

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Judge Mary Cashin was told a local woman was struck by a vehicle as she stepped off the footpath near the junction of Bridge Street

Judge Mary Cashin was told a local woman was struck by a vehicle as she stepped off the footpath near the junction of Bridge Street

A MOTORIST who clipped a pedestrian after he veered towards a footpath in a County Limerick town has admitted not reporting the incident to gardai.

John Roche, aged 47, of Ballintubber, Newcastle West pleaded guilty to a single hit and run charge, under the Road Traffic Act, relating to an incident at Maiden Street in the town on November 11, 2017.

At a sitting of the local court, Judge Mary Cashin was told a local woman was struck by a vehicle as she stepped off the footpath near the junction of Bridge Street and Maiden Street near the town centre at around 10.30am.

“A silver car hit her on her left hand side, the driver did not remain, he did not give appropriate information (to gardai),” said Inspector Liz Kennedy.

The pedestrian, who was not injured, made a complaint to gardai following the incident and the defendant was subsequently identified and spoken to.

Solicitor Michael O’Donnell said the woman didn’t keep to the footpath and that there were a “barrage of cars” in the area at the time which meant his client he could not stop or remain at the scene following the impact.

He said he was fully insured and that he called to Newcastle West garda station around 20 minutes after the incident occurred.

“He is a good family man, he is taking this very seriously,” he said adding that his client and the injured party are known to each other.

Judge Cashin adjourned the matter to early next month to allow for a victim impact statement to be prepared.