Woman pleads guilty to causing injuries after car driven into crowd in Limerick city

Woman Pleads Guilty To Causing Injuries After Car Driven Into Crowd In Limerick City
The 20-year-old is to be sentenced after pleading guilty to causing injury and endangering lives by driving a high-powered car into a crowd of people.
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David Raleigh

A 20-year-old woman is to be sentenced at Limerick Circuit Court after pleading guilty to causing injury and endangering lives by driving a high-powered car into a crowd of people in Limerick city and fleeing the scene.

The “hit-and-run” incident, which occurred in the Cornmarket area, a popular nightclub quarter of the city, on October 10th, 2021, left three people in hospital with serious injuries.


The accused, Chloe McNamara, (20), of Sarsfield Gardens, Moyross, Limerick, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm, intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm, endangerment, dangerous driving, and failing to assist a pedestrian when her case was called at Limerick District Court on Tuesday.

Last year, video footage of the incident was shown at Limerick District Court when McNamara was charged.

The footage showed a car, which gardaí allege was being driven by McNamara, driving directly into a group of pedestrians from behind, launching them into the air, and then the vehicle is seen leaving the scene.

'Lying on the road'

Garda Patricia McCormack told the court that gardaí responded to “a hit-and-run road traffic collision” at Cornmarket Row, Limerick city, at 1.10am on the morning in question.


Paramedics were already at the scene treating three injured pedestrians, a male and two females, who were all “lying on the road” and in a serious condition.

Gda McCormack said the man had sustained “serious head and spinal injuries” and the two women suffered “serious neck and back injuries”.

A fourth pedestrian, a 19-year-old woman, presented herself at University Hospital Limerick to receive treatment for minor injuries.

Gardaí obtained CCTV footage showing a red Audi A4 entering Cornmarket Row, where “a large crowd of people were out socialising” at 1.03am, Gda McCormack said.


“The red Audi can be seen hitting and knocking down three pedestrians,” she told the court.

Red Audi

Gardaí discovered a red Audi about 15 minutes after the incident, at Knockalisheen, near Moyross.

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“There was blood visible on the front windscreen and bonnet of the car and it was seized for a technical examination,” Gda McCormack said.

Objecting to bail, Gda McCormack alleged McNamara had “no concern for other people” during the hit-and-run.

“Dangerous driving resulted in a hit-and-run in Cornmarket Row, and this is captured on excellent-quality CCTV,” she said.

McNamara has not applied for bail following her arrest last October and was remanded in custody for sentencing at Limerick Circuit Court.

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