Struck two after losing control of car

A Monasterevin woman who struck two pedestrians with her car after losing control under wet road conditions was last week fined at the district court.

A Monasterevin woman who struck two pedestrians with her car after losing control under wet road conditions was last week fined at the district court.

Before the court was Margaret Siney, with an address at 1742 St Evan’s Park, Monasterevin, charged with driving without reasonable consideration, at the Block Road, Portlaoise, on December 18 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that the defendant lost control of her vehicle as “weather was a factor” and struck two pedestrians, causing minor injuries.

She had no previous convictions.

Defence for Siney said that she was trying to turn left on the day and the road was a bit wet. She struck the two pedestrians, a man and woman who were taken to hospital. Defence said that the extent of the contact between the vehicle and the man was that he put his hands on her bonnet, but he may have been knocked over.

Defence explained that Siney is a care worker with Moore Abbey who needs her car to look after her clients.

“She did everything right, but just took the corner a bit too fast,” said defence.

Judge Paul Kelly remarked that it seemed to be a relatively minor incident, Siney had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and she had a clean record. Judge Kelly fined Siney €150 and ordered her to hand in her licence for endorsement.