Woman jailed for seven years after ploughing into pedestrians in Limerick

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Woman Jailed For Seven Years After Ploughing Into Pedestrians In Limerick Woman Jailed For Seven Years After Ploughing Into Pedestrians In Limerick
A motorist who ploughed into pedestrians in Limerick City last year has been jailed for nine years with the final two years suspended, and also given a 15-year driving ban.
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David Raleigh

A motorist who ploughed into pedestrians in Limerick City last year has been jailed for nine years with the final two years suspended, and also given a 15-year driving ban.

Chloe McNamara, (21), of Sarsfield Gardens, Moyross, Limerick, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to assist a pedestrian at the scene of a road collision, endangerment, assault causing harm, intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm, dangerous driving.

McNamara, who admitted having consumed drugs and alcohol on the night, was given a consecutive eight-month sentence at Limerick Circuit Court, last Tuesday, after pleading guilty to possession of €3,300 worth of cannabis for sale or supply, however McNamara has already served this sentence for time already spent in custody.

A number of pedestrians were seriously injured in the hit-and-run in the Cornmarket Row pub and nightclub quarter of Limerick City, last October.

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After mounting a footpath and ploughing into pedestrians, McNamara immediately left the scene in a red Audi A4 she had purchased for €500.

CCTV

Gardaí played video footage of the attack at a sitting of Limerick District Court, last June.

Gardaí said the CCTV footage showed McNamara, who was on bail at the time for other offences, driving into a group of pedestrians from behind and leaving the scene.

The video footage also showed a number of pedestrians being flung into the air as McNamara struck them with the Audi.

McNamara was in custody since last October after she was previously refused bail after a judge heard gardaí give evidence that she was a flight risk, and that gardaí feared she would intimidate witnesses.

Garda Patricia McCormack, Henry Street Garda Station, told the bail hearing that gardaí responded to a report of a “hit-and-run road traffic collision” at Cornmarket Row, Limerick City, at 1.10am on October 10th, 2021.

Garda McCormack said paramedics were already at the scene treating three injured pedestrians who were “lying on the road”.

'Head and spinal injuries'

She said the three pedestrians were taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, including a man who sustained “serious head and spinal injuries” as well as two women who sustained “serious neck and back injuries”.

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Another female pedestrian presented herself at UHL for injuries sustained in the hit-and-run.

Garda McCormack said the CCTV footage showed a red Audi A4 entering Cornmarket Row at 1.03am and the area was busy with “a large crowd of people out socialising, and the red Audi can be seen hitting and knocking down three pedestrians”.

Gardaí discovered the red Audi 15 minutes later at Knockalisheen, situated on the outskirts of Moyross.

The Garda witness said “there was blood visible on the front windscreen and bonnet of the car”.

Garda McCormack told the bail hearing that she believed McNamara was “a danger to the community”, that she had “no concern for other people”.

“She is a danger to the people of Limerick City. She is addicted to cannabis, and it is my belief that this will lead to her committing further serious offences, and, gardaí are concerned that she will intimidate witnesses in this case if she is granted bail.”

Imposing sentence Judge Tom O’Donnell agreed with State prosecutor John O’Sullivan BL, that McNamara had used her car as “a weapon”, and the judge said the victims had “no chance” on the night.

McNamara told gardaí she had wanted to drive into a person she claimed had “battered” her car on the night, however, gardaí said there was no evidence to back up this claim.

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