Kilkenny Court - No recollection of who was driving crashed vehicle

Kilkenny Court - No recollection of who was driving crashed vehicle

A woman who has 'no recollection of who was driving' her car before it crashed had her case adjourned at Kilkenny Court.

Andrea Brennan, Smithstown, Castlecomer is accused of failing to give information under the Road Traffic Act and of having no insurance at Ardra, Castlecomer on May 4, 2015.

The court heard that on the date in question gardai received a phone call reporting a traffic accident. Gardaí went to the scene and met with one driver who produced all the relevant documentation.

Gardai observed the defendant in the passenger seat of another vehicle. There was an ambulance at the scene and gardai spoke to the defendant when she was in the ambulance. She was 'coherent but badly shaken' and 'smelled of alcohol.

A garda asked her who had been driving the vehicle and she indicated that she did not know who was driving the car. The question was repeated to her the following day and she repeated that she did not know who the driver was.

The defendant's solicitor told the court that his client had finished playing a gig in Bagenelstown and had 'parked up the car and had a few drinks'.

“She has no recollection of the impact of the crash or of who was driving the vehicle, which she owns,” he said.

The defendant in direct evidence told the judge that she 'woke up and there was dead silence and the car was in bits'.

“I don't remember most of that night,” she added.

Documents were handed into the court pertaining to insurance and Judge Colin Daly stated that he would reserve his position on the matter.

“On the fact of it there appears to be a valid insurance policy in place,” he said.

He adjourned the case to October 3 for sentencing.