A 21 year old year old man has gone on trial accused of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to another man in east Kerry.
Donagh Crowley of Gortnaprocess, Rathmore has pleaded not guilty to the charge which arose from a three car collision on February 23rd 2012 at Knockeennagowan, Killarney.
Timothy Moynihan had to be cut from a jeep by fire fighters; he later spent 15 days in Cork University Hospital in an induced coma due to severe head injuries; he also suffered a broken shoulder.
Cait Looney told Tralee Circuit Court around 20 past one that afternoon she was driving from Killarney to Barraduff and stopped to turn into her house as there was a jeep coming towards her in the opposite lane.
When she had looked in her rear view mirror 300 meters before the turn she had not seen any car behind her.
The next thing she remembers she was hit from behind by a black Seat car driven by the accused Donagh Crowley.
She said the whole collision happened in a split second and didn’t initially realise the jeep which had hit the wall of her home and flipped over, had also been involved in the incident.
Ms Looney denied she had stopped suddenly on the road.
Tadhg Moynihan, who was driving the jeep home after collecting his son Timothy, said he didn’t see any other car on the road except for Ms Looney’s and in a split second Mr Crowley’s car was in the middle of his lane.
Barrister for the accused John O’Sullivan said his client’s car was not travelling fast as it was able to stop at the scene of the crash and said from photographs his client couldn’t have been in the middle of the opposite lane.
Mr O’Sullivan said Mr Moynihan had plenty of room to avoid the collision between Ms Looney and his client.
Mr Moynihan denied he was speeding and said he was travelling at about 40 or 50 kilometres per hour.
The case before Judge Thomas E O’Donnell and a jury of six men and six women continues.