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Sunday 15 September 2019

Young man crashed into car carrying three children

UNINSURED DRIVER HAS NOT PAID COMPENSATION

A YOUNG Curracloe resident who crashed into a car carrying three children while driving without insurance, a licence, tax or an NCT has not come up any with compensation for the injured party.

Alan Hartigan (20), of 1 Bently Hill Bungalows, Ballinesker, came before Wexford District Court facing two charges of driving without insurance.

He is charged with driving without insurance, tax and an NCT at Curracloe on February 20, 2010, and driving without insurance at Johnstown, Castlebridge, on April 13, 2010.

Eva Lalor, for Hartigan, said that her client had pleaded guilty to the charge relating to February 20, but they were looking for an adjournment to provide compensation to the injured party.

Garda Niall Brophy pointed out that the accident happened almost a year ago and that he has spoken to Hartigan numerous times since, but the owner of the vehicle he crashed into hasn't received a cent yet.

Garda Brophy said there were three very young children in the car at the time and one of them was removed to hospital as a precaution following the accident. The accident happened at 4 p.m. when Hartigan's white Honda Civic crashed into the rear of the other vehicle. He had no insurance, driving licence, NCT or tax.

The Garda said that Hartigan gets a small amount of social welfare a week and will have difficulty providing compensation.

Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla heard that Hartigan has one previous conviction for driving without insurance, for which he earned a one year driving ban in December. That offence occurred in March 2010, between the two outstanding charges of driving without insurance.

Judge O Buachalla disqualified Hartigan from driving for four years on the charge relating to February 20, but adjourned final penalty until June 7.

He adjourned the charge relating to April 13 to that date also.

He ordered that Hartigan sign on at Wexford Garda Station every Wednesday and Saturday between now and June.

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