Carrick-on-Shannon District Court hears driver was “extremely lucky” to escape without injury

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Michael Duignan, Strabraggan, Arigna, Co Roscommon was convicted and fined €250 for careless driving, reduced from dangerous driving, at Mount Allen, Arigna on July 29, 2017.

Inspector Denis Harrington outlined to the court that the incident occurred at 10.40am in bright and dry conditions.
Mr Mick McKeon was driving his lorry from Drumshanbo to Drumkeerin and the defendant's jeep was coming on the opposite side of the road.

The jeep turned in front of the lorry and the lorry driver braked hard and had to swerve.

The front left of the lorry hit the rear right side of the jeep. There were no injuries recorded.

The court heard Mr Duignan ran up to his house and Mr McKeon called the gardai.

Solicitor John McNulty for the defence said “he saw the lorry and thought he had enough time” to turn into his house. He said there is a wide hard shoulder that his client thought he could make it to in time. Mr McNulty informed the court, “he misjudged where he stopped the jeep.”

The 63-year-old has been driving since 1980 with no accidents.

Judge Kevin Kilrane said Mr Duignan might have been “too familiar with the scene” and he added he was “extremely lucky” not to have sustained injuries.

“If he had not made it as much across the hard shoulder it is unlikely he would be alive today,” the judge concluded.

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