Dublin man jailed for two years after falling asleep at the wheel and killing young mother

Gavel 2A Circuit Court judge has warned of the dangers of driving while fatigued and urged motorists to take appropriate steps when it arises. Judge Patrick McCartan made the comments before jailing a Dublin man who killed a young mother after falling asleep at the wheel. Anthony Handley of Whitethorn Grove in Artane, Dublin doesn t remember what happened on the afternoon of Jan 17 2014 but witnesses described his off-road vehicle mounting a footpath outside Balbriggan Retail Park. Olivia Dunne was pushing a pram carrying her baby girl when his car crashed into them   killing her instantly and seriously injuring her daughter. An investigation concluded the most likely scenario was that he fell asleep at the wheel. The court heard he went to bed at 1am that day and only slept for four hours. Olivia s sister Caroline said her family will never come to terms with their loss. She described her as a hard-working, kind and generous woman who was very safety focussed and noted the irony that she chose that route for her daily walk because of its wide footpath. Judge Patrick McCartan said drivers need to take appropriate measures when fatigue sets in. He then jailed the 64-year-old for two years.