Rathmore man found not guilty of dangerous driving by direction of trial judge

The jury in the trial of a Rathmore man accused of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm has been ordered to find him not guilty by direction of the judge. Tralee Courthouse 21 year old Donagh Crowley of Gortnaprocess, Rathmore had pleaded not guilty to the charge which arose from a three car collision on February 23rd 2012 at Knockeennagowan, Killarney. Front seat passenger Timothy Moynihan had to be cut from a jeep by fire fighters following the crash, which took place around 20 past one that afternoon. He later spent 15 days in Cork University Hospital in an induced coma due to severe head injuries including a brain bleed, swelling and a fractured skull; he also suffered a broken shoulder. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Mr Crowley, an apprentice electrician, broke his left hand in the incident. Judge Thomas E O’Donnell said this was a very serious criminal charge and all of the evidence indicates the accident happened in a split second but he was not saying the consequences were not serious and was cognisant of emotions on both sides. However, he said there was little or no evidence as to the manner of Donagh Crowley’s driving and said taken at the highest level a jury could not convict on the prosecution evidence. Judge O’Donnell directed the jury of six women and six men to issue a verdict of not guilty by direction of the judge, thanked them and relieved them from jury duty for five years.