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Two women found guilty of careless driving causing death following Ballinasloe road crash

Jul 7, 2022 12:07 By Shannonside News
Two women found guilty of careless driving causing death following Ballinasloe road crash Two women found guilty of careless driving causing death following Ballinasloe road crash
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The women were granted bail until sentencing on December 8th next.

Two Ballinasloe women have been found guilty of careless driving causing the deaths of two pedestrians in the town in March 2018.

Mareia Fitzgerald of 4 Rathglass, Creagh, Ballinasloe and Lena McDonagh of Roseville Cottage, Station Road, Ballinasloe were both found guilty of a single charge each of driving without due care and attention causing the deaths of Maureen Dooley and Deirdre Kilmartin.

Fitzgerald and McDonagh pleaded not guilty to the charges related to a collision that occurred on Sarsfield Road (known locally as Station Road), Cleaghmore, Ballinasloe on March 22, 2018.

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The jury of ten women and two men began deliberations on Monday after a five-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court and returned a guilty verdict on the charges against both women just after 3pm on Tuesday.

Judge Brian O'Callaghan was informed by the foreman of the jury that it had reached a unanimous guilty verdict in the case of Mareia Fitzgerald, and a 10-2 majority guilty verdict in the case of Lena McDonagh.

The court heard that neither Fitzgerald nor McDonagh had any previous convictions.

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Both Fitzgerald and McDonagh were remanded on bail to appear for sentencing on December 8.

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